Delta Air Lines Must Help Save Africa’s Wildlife


Target: Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson

Goal: Ban the transportation of exotic animal trophies on Delta flights.

In response to the alarming decline of the elephant population and other exotic animals in the past five years due to poaching, South African Airways has recently declared an immediate, worldwide ban on the transportation of hunting trophies, including tigers, lions, elephants, and rhinos. This is a huge step forward for preserving these species, whose numbers have been dwindling for a long time.

As a major airline and one of the world’s largest, as well as being the only United States airline that offers direct service to South Africa, it is crucial that Delta Air Lines follow suit and ban the transportation of these hunting trophies as well.

Without this ban, South Africa’s efforts to save exotic animals will be undermined. This would be a tragedy and it is unacceptable that the numbers of these animals have been dwindling for so long. With several of these species near extinction there is simply no way to justify killing them for entertainment and bragging rights. Demand that Delta Air Lines help preserve exotic animals in South Africa for decades to come by banning their transport.


Dear Richard Anderson,

I am writing this letter to you to demand that you ban the transport of exotic animal trophies. Recently, South African Airways banned the transportation of exotic animal hunting trophies “even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities” due to the depletion of the beautiful animals in the wild.

I am urging you to follow South Africa’s lead and ban the transport of these exotic animals. As the only carrier in the United States that offers direct service to South Africa, you have an incredible opportunity to lead the battle against the extinction of these creatures.

It is in your best interest to ban the transport of these animals. By banning this practice, you will show immense ethical leadership that could benefit your company as a whole. Furthermore, by preserving these animals, you are ensuring that tourists will continue to fly on your airline so that they may see these exotic animals for generations to come. Not only would it be a smart business decision ethically to ban the transportation of these animals via your airline, but in terms of profit as well.


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Photo credit: Hein waschefort

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  1. Debra Diana says:

    This is all about the money. If this airline continues to allow this, they will lose money because all the wildlife will be dead and there will be no trophies to bring home. Delta….shame on you!

  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. pnhylli gutman says:

    Our entire family will refuse to fly your airline until you stop this barbaric pracice!

  4. When SAA decided to ban the transportation of animal trophies I applauded them and said I hope all the other airlines and shipping companies follow suit.
    Time to see if Delta has a conscience.

  5. elizabeth kerr says:

    I hope these airlines ban the transport of animal trophies on there airlines

  6. Sydney M says:

    Thank You South African Airways !!!! Now it’s time for Delta to do the same !!!!!!!!

  7. GET SOME STANDARDS — many airlines do NOT deal in transporting animal trophies — it’s unconscionable, it’s immoral, it’s irrational, it’s insane, it’s cruel, it flies in the face of the natural laws of our planet — STOP TRANSPORTING DEAD ANIMALS!

  8. christine jones says:

    Transporting animal trophies is like transporting humans to be trafficked. WOuld Delta really transport humans for trafficking? Of course you wouldnt. Well dont do it to animals

  9. Another stupid Air Line like Air France , just for the money cruel bastards

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