U.S. Airlines Ban Hunting Trophies

Delta, American Airlines, and United

The first to announce the change in policy was Delta Air Lines, which specifically banned lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros trophies. (allen watkin / Flickr)

On Monday, three major U.S. airlines announced they would no longer allow the shipment of several types of big-game hunting trophies, according to the AP. The first to announce the change in policy was Delta Air Lines, which specifically banned lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros trophies. Shortly after, United Airlines and American Airlines announced similar policies. 

The decisions come in the wake of outrage over the shooting of Cecil the lion by an American hunter in Zimbabwe. 

It is unclear how many of these shipments were made prior to the ban, though United said its records indicated no trophy shipments, and Delta released a statement saying that it engaged in “absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species.”

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