Petition update

More carriers are banning transport of African hunting trophies. Will Delta commit to change?

Chris Green
Cambridge, MA, United States

Jun 12, 2015 — Dear Supporters,

Our petition is now well over 300,000 signatures, and I have some great news to report on the campaign to end the transport of hunting trophies!

In recent weeks, several additional air carriers have banned the transport of African hunting trophies, and some have even banned the worldwide transport of ALL hunting trophies!

Here is the list so far, along with key statements:

British Airways & Iberia (via International Airlines Group Cargo):
“We have recently enhanced our policy to ban any form of animal trophy, irrespective of CITES appendix.”

Lufthansa (6th largest air cargo carrier in the world):
“Lufthansa Cargo has decided not to transport any trophies of the African fauna, e.g. lions, elephants and rhinos, in or out of Africa – including legally hunted or legally acquired trophies.”

Brussels Airlines (directly serves 20 African destinations):
Brussels Airlines has modified their Cargo policy to ban the transport of any hunting trophies across their entire network with immediate effect.

Singapore Airlines
“SIA Cargo carried out a review which took into account increasing concerns around the world related to the transportation of hunting trophies. Following the review, SIA Cargo no longer accepts the carriage of hunting trophies, with effect from 19 May 2015. Thank you.”

Emirates Airlines (3rd largest air cargo carrier worldwide)
“[W]e will not accept any kind of Hunting Trophies of elephant, rhinoceros, lion and tiger for carriage on Emirates services, irrespective of CITES appendix.”

South African Airways (Africa’s largest airline)
“Please be advised that South African Airways Cargo has taken a decision to place a total embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies (Rhino, Elephant, Lion and Tiger) on its services worldwide. The embargo is with immediate effect. Please also note that no exceptions will be made, even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities.”

Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice-President & Chief Communications Officer, Kevin Shinkle, recently posted a response to the Italian version of my petition stating “Delta Air Lines does not engage in this activity.”

I contacted Mr. Shinkle’s office last Friday to clarify if this indeed meant that Delta was amending its trophy transport policy, but as yet I have not heard back.

Lots of positive progress made in just over a month!

Thanks so much for continuing to spread the word and for joining me in asking Delta Air Lines to end the transport of exotic animal hunting trophies.


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