Delta, United, & American Ban Shipping African Animal Hunting Trophies

Nathan S
by Nathan S

In a rather swift reaction to “Cecil the Lions” unfortunate (and illegal) demise, Delta, United, & American Airlines have all banned the cargo shipment of hunting trophies on their aircraft. The ban is largely symbolic as most big-game hunters are wealthy and either ship on their own aircraft, ships, or through cargo services.

Delta’s Statement:

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.

While the statement specifically calls out certain large game, it does not address the legal hunting of smaller trophies such as Antelope, Gazelle, etc. United and American have not specifically updated their policies at this time on listed game, just issuing short statements and tweets on the topic.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • JCitizen JCitizen on Aug 08, 2015

    No hunter worth beans uses bait to attract game, to be a real man we had to go out and find it. Of course I never thought I needed to hunt to prove I was anything, but I believed in sportsmanship for sure. Not doing that makes hunting suck - its no fun that way.

    Other than that - I'm sure it would work just as good to ship these things out with regular shipping services. You don't need no stinking plane. My uncle was a Hatari operator in Kenya in the 1920's and he used to ship LIVE animals out to zoos in the US and the rest of the world. Now capturing them unhurt did take a REAL man! They didn't use no stinking dart guns in 1926!

  • Bill Wharton Bill Wharton on Aug 14, 2015

    SCREW the airlines! They deserve to BE SUED for discriminating against TROPHY HUNTERS! I agree ...... FELONS ARE RELEASED TO KILL COPS AND THAT IS "OK"; A STINKING LION GETS SHOT AND IT BE A NATIONAL TRAGEDY! That is ---- as we say in the slums of WATTS .......................... BULLSHIT!