MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - On Monday, Delta Airlines issued a statement that they'll be banning the shipment of "lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo trophies." This comes amid controversy surrounding the killing of famed African lion Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.
Delta is the only U.S. airline to fly to Africa. Several foreign airlines announced similar bans last week including Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines and Qantas.
Full statement from Delta
Delta bans shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo trophies
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.