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More than 40 Airlines Adopt Wildlife Trophy Bans After Cecil the Lion’s Death

Since the death of Cecil the lion in early July, 42 airlines have announced or reaffirmed bans on wildlife trophy shipments on their carriers. American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue, United and Virgin are just a few of the carriers that have banned shipments of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo trophies. Shipping giants UPS and FedEx and South African Airways have yet to do so. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, “is calling upon them to get in line with emerging industry standards for animal welfare and conservation and to stop shipping trophies from these rare animals gunned down in their native habitats.”

Pacelle said: “UPS and other shipping carriers and airlines have the opportunity to help us fight this enterprise of globe-trotting trophy hunting of the rarest, most remarkable animals in the world. We urge these entities to follow in the footsteps of Virgin, Delta, United and other airlines and freight carriers.”

In addition to the airline announcements, several lawmakers have introduced bills to restrict wildlife trophy imports. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, has introduced a bill to ban all imports of trophies and parts from African lions and other at-risk species. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX, plan to sponsor a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act to ban “all acts of senseless and perilous trophy killings.” Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey have introduced bills to restrict intrastate sales and transportation of animal trophies.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 301-548-7793

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