Success: Delta Airlines Bans Transport of Wildlife Trophies


Target: Delta Airlines CEO, Richard Anderson

Goal: Praise Delta Airlines for banning the transport of trophy kills as cargo in its aircraft.

Delta Airlines has heard those of us at ForceChange and has now banned the transport of exotic animal trophies on its airlines.

The tragic killing of one of Zimbabwe’s most loved lions named Cecil sparked protest against the American dentist who was responsible. The tragedy also highlighted the role that airlines play in transporting trophy kills as cargo and helped nudge Delta Airlines in the right direction. Other airlines that have announced the change include Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines, and QNTAS.

Social media sites erupted when news that Cecil had been allegedly lured out of a park and illegally killed by American dentist Walter Palmer, who paid $50,000 to hunt the protected animal. Petitions have surfaced to extradite Palmer and two others involved in the incident. The tragedy has pulled airlines into the conversation and what their role is in this reprehensible act of trophy killing.

Delta is the only American carrier with direct service between the U.S. and countries in Africa and has been under pressure to ban carrying wildlife trophies as cargo. It is about time that the company listened to us and stopped contributing to the senseless killing of lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, and other endangered animals. Please sign the petition below to thank Delta for deciding to not contribute to wildlife trophy hunting by not carrying them as cargo on its aircraft.


Dear Mr. Richard Anderson,

I am writing to you to thank you for banning the transport of exotic trophy kills on Delta aircraft. No longer will Delta carry lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, or buffalo trophies as freight and contribute to the senseless killing of endangered species.

After the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, it is heartwarming to know that you and others are stepping up and doing the right thing. No doubt you understand the revenue loss your company would have experienced if it had not stepped up to the ban because of the outrage over killing Cecil. Whether the incentive was money or because you realize that we need to stop contributing to the exotic hunting trade, it was the right decision to make.

Thank you for choosing to no longer carry the kills of those who pay money to hunt exotic animals. Hopefully, we will soon ban the practice of killing exotic animals for sport and we can avoid tragedies such as the killing of Cecil the lion.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Brenda roth says:

    I am from South Africa and I cannot thank you enough for banning the export of wildlife and trophies. Wonderful !!!!! News !!

  2. Many thanks, DELTA. I have flown you in the past and will again, with pride and gratitude.

  3. Thanks Delta now lets work on stop shipping monkeys to labs for experiments. (AIR FRANCE)

  4. THANK YOU DELTA !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. marie therese hanulak says:

    It’s a step in the right direction. Unfortunately those rich killers can aford private planes


  7. Thank You Delta !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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