Delta Bans Shipment of Hunted Animal Trophies
In the wake of Cecil the Lion’s death.
The Internet is still buzzing with reactions to Cecil the Lion’s death at the hands of American dentist Walter Palmer while Palmer was on vacation in Zimbabwe. Reviewers expressed their disgust on Palmer’s Yelp page, Marco Rubio began an argument about the controversy on Twitter, and a rumor recently started flying around that Cecil’s brother, Jericho the Lion, was hunted as well (this has since been confirmed to be false).
One thing we’ve all learned from this: Lots of people are not okay with tourists hunting and beheading animals for sport.
All those who were deeply offended by Cecil’s death may be pleased to hear that Delta has made it more difficult for hunters to take home trophies from their kill. The airline issued the following statement Monday:
"Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. 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."