Success: Three U.S. Airlines Ban Transportation of Hunting “Trophies”

Buffalo trophy-by-Lord Mountbatten

Target: Delta Air Lines CEO, Richard H Anderson, American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker and United Airlines CEO, Jeff Smisek

Goal: Congratulate three major U.S. airlines for banning the transportation of hunting “trophies.”

United, Delta and American Airlines recently announced the ban on the shipment of big-game “trophies.” The move comes after the illegal killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, which led to a serious public outcry. Cecil was shot illegally by a doctor named Walter Palmer. Thanks to the pressure by activists around the world and a petition from ForceChange, these airlines made it public that they would no longer transport leopard, lion, buffalo or rhinoceros carcasses or “trophies.” The ban should help in curbing trophy hunting.

The announcements came after several other airlines indicated they are also going to stop the transportation of trophy hunting kills, including Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Emirates and Air France. This move will prevent hunters from bringing their kill home, something that might have stopped the killing of Cecil.

These companies have set an excellent example. No airline should provide a useful getaway for the killing of wildlife. The move is a major public relations gain and shows that these companies value the importance of protecting wildlife.

Even before Cecil’s death, campaigners around the world had been calling on major cargo airlines to stop the shipment of endangered species that are killed by trophy hunters. Most of these animals are sent by ship, but the move should make it harder to transport these “trophies.”

These airlines, together with other travel organizations, are in a better position to press for change. Sign our petition to thank them for their dedication to protecting endangered wildlife.


Dear Richard H Anderson, Doug Parker and Jeff Smisek,

The recent killing of Cecil the lion sparked considerable outrage from you and other animal rights activists. Your efforts may have also brought to light the role played by airlines in transporting trophy kills, and may have led to the changing of airline policy.

Recently, your companies announced a ban on transportation of “trophy” kills. The announcements came after other major airlines around the world also placed a ban in transporting such cargo. Your efforts will help in safeguarding endangered species that are being hunted to the point of extinction. Thank you for your efforts in protecting endangered species.


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  1. KatWrangler says:

    This is a positive step in eliminating trophy hunting. Thank you all.

  2. ALL airlines must follow suit, in addition to other freight shipping companies, such as Fed Ex.

    The monsters that kill animals for “sport” can still have their own planes, but the less available shipping alternatives, the more difficult it is to transport dead animals, and the more outrage that continues to condemn these sociopaths, the better chance of saving precious wildlife.

    As usual, tragedies have to be extreme in number, almost to the point of irreparability, before countries start responding in a concerted, effective and meaningful way. Procrastination, apathy, indecisiveness, disagreements, selfishness and GREED, especially, are always deterrents to any purposeful changes and resolutions.

    I hate to say “better late than never”, but that choice will have to suffice.

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