Three major U.S. airlines have publicly declared they will no longer allow hunters to transport big game trophies from Africa to the United States. The announcement comes just a few weeks after U.S. dentist Walter Palmer hunted Cecil and killed the most famous Zimbabwean lion with a crossbow after luring the animal into an unprotected area.
Delta Air Lines was the first to announce the ban, stating they will not ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies, although the company didn’t want to answer questions about why the change was made now and how many similar trophies they transported to the States prior to the decision. Of all U.S. airlines, Delta has the most flights to Africa.
American Airlines and United Airlines followed in Delta’s footsteps, despite the fact that American Airlines don’t have any flights to Africa and United has only one. However, both the airlines wanted to prove a point and inspire other companies to do the same.