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VICTORY! Delta takes a stand against trophy hunting!

Chris Green
Cambridge, MA, United States

Aug 3, 2015 — Today, Delta Air Lines made the following announcement:

“Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.”

Thanks to the nearly 400,000 of you who took the time to sign and share my petition. The sad recent news surrounding the illegal poaching of Cecil the Lion outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park has captured the hearts of humans across the globe, and thrust the grisly practice of trophy hunting back into the international spotlight. The outpouring of attention and sentiment was a wake-up call demonstrating how many people care about the plight of endangered animals.

Today’s action by Delta Air Lines shows that corporations can see the value in being compassionate, even when it potentially could cost them some income to do so. This is why I have logged nearly 700,000 miles with Delta in recent years and will continue to be a loyal Delta Diamond Medallion customer. I sincerely want to commend and thank Delta CEO Richard Anderson and his fellow Delta executives for taking this courageous stand and doing the right thing to protect our precious world wildlife resources.

This all shows how the collective voice of people like you and really can make a difference. Indeed, in just the past 3 months since I started this petition, NINE other airlines have chosen to ban the transport of certain animal hunting trophies––British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar, Etihad, Iberia, Singapore and Brussels Airlines.

In addition, the Government of Botswana now has banned ALL sport hunting in their country, and very publicly condemned those remaining South African nations that still allow wild and canned hunting to continue in the region.

However, just two weeks ago, South African Airways sadly chose to reverse its original ban on transporting hunting trophies, despite all the strongly worded and sensible reasoning that accompanied its own announcement of the ban just three months ago. Hopefully the media firestorm over Cecil’s illegal poaching, and pressure from all of us who care about animal welfare, will help SAA see the wisdom of ending this abhorrent practice. You can also send a Twitter message to them here.

One day I believe we will bring an end to the sport killing of any wild animals and stop their valuable lives from being reduced to mere trophies on a dentist’s wall.

A heartfelt thank you to each of you again for helping ensure that Cecil’s tragic death was not in vain.

Chris Green

PS - Please sign this petition asking the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act.

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