The Cecil Effect: Delta Airlines Bans Transport Of Animal Trophies
August 3 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
One of the positives we can take from this Cecil the lion episode is that some meaningful change will take place, and it looks like that is happening. First, Zimbabwe is in the beginning stages of changing its sport hunting laws. Currently there is no hunting allowed in the area in which Cecil was killed, and we've learned that as many as 350 lions are killed, legally, by sport hunters each year. Hopefully that number will be going down.
Second, we're getting quality memes like this:
"You know of course, this means war."
Third, Delta Airlines has seen the light, and that's pretty significant. Delta was one of the few international airlines, and the only one based in the U.S., which allowed the transport of animal trophies -- lion's heads, elephant tusks, rhino horns, etc. -- to be transported from Africa to the U.S. and Europe.
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.
A Change.org petition to pressure Delta into changing its policy had gathered 60,000 signatures as of this morning. Now, Delta joins a host of other airlines to have recently banned animal trophies -- among them Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines, and yes, Qantas.
Of course now, some seem to think that Delta has extradition powers.
But the positive publicity for Delta here is immeasurable -- they would have been saps not to institute the ban. 'Twas capitalism that killed the beast, and it will be capitalism that saves many others.
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