Delta, American, United Airlines Ban Animal Trophies After Cecil the Lion Killing

deltaThree major U.S. airlines have announced that they will no longer haul animal trophies following the killing of Cecil the lion.

Consumer group SumOfUs announced that Delta has banned the shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and water buffalo trophies as freight worldwide following a SumOfUs.org petition that garnered more than 250,000 signatures. 

"Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight," Delta said in a statement. "Prior to this ban, Delta's strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments."

DAILY NEWS & DEALS NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

The Associated Press reports that American Airlines has also announced it will no longer transport big game trophies, although spokesperson Ross Feinstein noted that the gesture is largely symbolic, as the airline does not serve Africa

United Airlines has announced a similar ban, according to the Guardian. 

Other airlines that have enacted similar bans include South African Airways, which began its new policy in April, as well as British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa

The new bans come after an American dentist killed Cecil the lion, a well-known animal in Zimbabwe, in an alleged act of poaching, the Guardian reports. Zimbabwe has called for the dentist's extradition. 

Visit www.americanairlines.com, www.united.com and www.delta.com

Suggested Articles:

San Miguel de Allende will activate the local economy for residents starting June 1. Hotels, restaurants and more will follow.

Fremont Street Experience will reopen the pedestrian mall and access to adjacent hotel casinos and retail stores on June 3 at 9 a.m. Learn more here.

Wynn Las Vegas says it will reopen on June 4 with plans to open every amenity and outlet available. Here's what travelers can expect.