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May 19th, 2015

A signal to Delta: Stop transporting animal trophies!

type:Allgemein, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli
org:change.org

Last year, more than a thousand rhinos were poached in South Africa, elephant populations have plummeted 66% in just five years, and the export of lion “trophies” has increased ten-fold-hunters bringing home animals’ heads and bodies to stuff and mount. In response to such threats, South African Airways has declared an immediate, worldwide ban on transporting any hunting trophies made from rhinos, lions, elephants, and tigers.

As one of the world’s largest airlines, and the only U.S. carrier with direct service to South Africa, Delta Air Lines is in a key position to help protect these and other vulnerable wild animal populations from further hunting and poaching pressures.

South African Airways made it clear this ban applies to all such hunting trophies, without exception, “even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities.” “With the depletion to near extinction of wildlife that once roamed in prolific numbers,” there is no justifying the slaughter of such incredible animals for sport and vanity. But for South African Airways’ embargo to have the most effective result in saving animals’ lives, it is imperative that the hunting trophy transport ban is honored across all air carriers.

Join Chris Green, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, to stop the carriage of animal trophies by signing his petition with a letter to the CEO of Delta Airlines.

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