Victory! Another Major Airline Bans Hunting Trophies

In more good news for wildlife, things just got a even harder for sport hunters looking for a way to transport their trophies home.

Emirates Airlines, the world’s largest international airline, just announced that hunting trophies will no longer be allowed and that the change would be effective immediately.

In a statement, the airline said the ban will be applied to all trophies, whether or not they’re from species protected by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and it will include trophies from species that aren’t currently threatened with extinction.

It further said, “This decision is to support international governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, that are managing wildlife population towards sustaining the task to eliminate illegal trade and transportation of hunting trophies worldwide and saving wildlife heritage.”

The announcement comes just weeks after South American Airlines (SAA) announced it would no longer transport trophies from rhinos, elephants, lions and tigers in an effort to protect wildlife being targeted by sport hunters and the illegal wildlife trade.

Tim Clyde-Smith, a representative for SAA, told the media that at the time that, “The vast majority of tourists visit Africa in particular to witness the wonderful wildlife that remains. We consider it our duty to work to ensure this is preserved for future generations and that we deter activity that puts this wonderful resource in danger.”

Despite conservation efforts, Africa’s iconic wildlife continues to be targeted at an alarming rate by poaching and sport hunting that has put the future survival of a number of species in jeopardy.

Now it won’t matter whether or not hunters have the required permits, since they’re not getting their trophies on flights from either of these airlines. Not only does this send a message that sport hunting isn’t supporting conservation, but it will make it harder for anyone trying to move illegal items by claiming they’re from legal hunts.

Conservationists are cheering the latest change in policy from Emirates Airlines and hope other companies will follow the ethical lead these two airlines have set.

“This is a bold move by the world’s biggest international carrier,” said Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, Middle East Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “Emirates have taken an important and responsible step in showing they are serious about wildlife conservation. We value their decision and look forward to other national airlines in the Gulf region to follow their lead.”

Delta Airlines, which TakePart previously reported is the only carrier based in the U.S. with direct flights to South Africa, is also being pushed to make a similar change in policy, but so far the airline hasn’t budged.

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293 comments

Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 years ago

I take that back.. DELTA AIRLINES BANNED THE SHIPMENT OF HUNTING TROPHIES

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.”

The trophy hunter mafia reacted by filing a lawsuit. Good luck with that, slimebags

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 years ago

Looks like the head of Delta Airlines is some kind of criminal mafia

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Cate S.
Cate S3 years ago

Good news.

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STEFANIE RACKS
STEFANIE RACKS3 years ago

THANKS FOR SHARING.

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Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Great news !!!

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Cristina Gil
Cristina Gil3 years ago

Good news! It is an example that bad things can be disposed on Earth if other actors get involved. Maybe it is not the final solution, real changes become slowly, but we are on the way, changing consciousness about some many things.

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Carla Bloemendaal

This makes me happy!

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Katie Harlan
Kathryn Barto3 years ago

Good! I like Emirates Airline even more now!

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Mary T.
Mary T3 years ago

great news...more airlines need to do the same thing

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