2 Major US Airlines Ban Big-Game Trophies

No more rhino heads on Delta, American
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2015 2:17 AM CDT
This lion's head and skin was donated to the Explorers Club sometime between 1908 and 1910 by Teddy Roosevelt.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens-File)
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(Newser) – More fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion: Two major American airlines say people whose hobby is killing and beheading African wildlife will have to fly other carriers if they want to take the animal parts home with them. In a statement, Delta Air Lines said it has now banned "shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight" and will review its policy on other hunting trophies.

Other airlines, including KLM, Air France, and British Airways had already implemented or announced an end to the carrying of hunting trophies as cargo but Delta, which has direct flights to numerous African cities, had been a major holdout, the New York Times reports. Online petitions have targeted carriers still accepting big-game trophies and last night, American Airlines tweeted that it too will cease to transport lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies, the BBC reports. (An American huntress has angered activists by posting photos of herself posing with kills including a giraffe.)

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