Delta Airlines bans big game trophy shipments

Cecil the lion, who captured the hearts of the world when he was shot by an American dentist (File Photo: AP)

In the wake of the scandal over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, U.S. airline Delta on Monday banned the shipment of big game trophies on its flights.

“Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” the company said in a brief statement.

Delta added it would review its acceptance policies for other hunting trophies with the appropriate government agencies and other organizations.

Delta’s decision follows similar measures taken by Emirates and South African Airways.

The bans during the peak hunting season in certain African countries and a worldwide outcry over the killing of Cecil, a favorite with international visitors to Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, by an American dentist and trophy hunter.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45