Lion Item: Airlines Bow to Pressure

Delta just announced it will stop transporting hunting trophies:

Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

Other airlines—including British Airways, Lufthansa, and South African Airways—announced similar changes in their rules amid outrage over Cecil’s killing, much of it directed at airlines that transport hunting trophies around the world. For more on the outrage, and the outrage over the outrage, check out Hamblin’s latest.

Despite their declining numbers, lions are actually not an endangered species. And 11 African countries, including Zimbabwe and South Africa, issue permits for their hunting. The New York Times notes that Americans make up the bulk of non-African hunters.

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