With the momentum picking up to save lions, rhino and elephant what do you, the airlines and trophy hunting have in common?
“I had no idea!”
“You’ve got to be kidding me?”
These are some of the responses I have had when chatting with folks about trophy hunting in Africa. Well, I hate to admit, this was also mine when thanks to Chris Mercer, executive director of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH), I was made aware of the canned hunting industry and how so many of us inadvertently supported it.
Do you fly Delta Airlines?
If you do you support the killing of captive bred lions by an increasing number of U.S. trophy hunters.
Since the global march against canned lion hunting in March of 2014 the international awareness level of the dysfunctional cub petting and subsequent trophy hunting industries has soared to the point that airlines are taking a stand.
Hurray for Emirates!
These announcements were naturally most welcomed by Chris, who applauded the bold stance, as did the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) according to spokesperson Neil Greenwood.
South African Airways leads the way!
South African Airways rocked the conservation and hunting world on April 21, 2015, with their announcement that they where placing an embargo, effective immediately, on the transport of wildlife trophies.
This of course sent a shock wave through the South African hunting safari industry and created unexpected challenges needing decisions for other airlines, especially Delta Airlines, supposedly the major transporter of hunting trophies from South Africa to the United States.
To this point, despite a petition via Change.org with 57,000 signatures presented to the President of Delta Airlines, no changes in their ‘no restrictions’ policies have been announced.
Although these embargoes by South African Airways and Emirates Airlines are about the transporting of trophy hunting exploits, it is also about creating stronger restrictions to curb the out of control world wide wildlife trafficking industry. An industry that is driving wild animals and birds on the entire planet towards extinction.
Make an educated choice
So, when you have a choice of airlines, please join with us in supporting South African Airways (which we are booked with again for flying to Africa in August) or Emirates (who my mother travels with annually between South Africa and Europe.)
[June 2, 2015] Three more airlines join South African Airways and Emirates…