IFAW applauds Delta, United and American airlines trophy hunting bans

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015
Washington, DC

Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to Delta, United and American Airlines’ bans on lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo trophies:

“IFAW applauds these carriers’ decision to ban lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo hunting trophies. This action sends a clear signal to the world that Americans are staunchly opposed to trophy hunting of imperiled species. In prohibiting the transport of these needlessly slaughtered majestic creatures, Delta, United and American are taking a stand against both legal and illegal hunting trophies. Because distinguishing between legally hunted animals and illegally poached can pose difficulties for airlines and law enforcement alike, these new policies help prevent the possibility of protected animals being shipped around the world to decorate a hunter’s mantle.

“In the wake of Cecil the Lion’s brutal killing, the world is paying attention to the barbaric blood sport that is trophy hunting. And that uproar is driving meaningful change, such as these airlines’ decision to ban hunting trophies from several imperiled species, and changes on-the-ground in hunting practices in countries like Zimbabwe. We are hopeful that the momentum will continue to provide for further protections for all the many imperiled and endangered animals struggling for survival while simultaneously facing the threat of being killed by a trophy hunter.”

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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