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Delta Airlines Announces Ban on Shipment of Wildlife Trophies

Editor’s Note: United Airlines and American Airlines have since joined Delta and 12 other airlines in banning the shipment of wildlife trophies aboard their flights.

Delta Airlines released a statement banning the shipment of big-game trophies worldwide on its flights. “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” according to an announcement made by the global air carrier.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States released the following statement:

“Lions, elephants and the other species that make up the Africa Big Five belong on the savanna, not on the walls and in home museums of wealthy people who spend a fortune to kill the grandest, most majestic animals in the world.  Delta has set a great example, and no airline should provide a get-away vehicle for the theft of Africa’s wildlife by these killers.”

Much of the pay-to-slay killing around the globe is conducted by wealthy trophy hunters who compete for awards from Safari Club International such as the “African Big Five”—listed in the record books for killing an African elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and cape buffalo.

The Humane Society of the United States is calling on all major airlines to adopt policies prohibiting the shipment of big-game trophies. In addition to Delta, Lufthansa and Emirates Airline have similar polices.  


Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545

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