Bringing Home Exotic-Animal Parts Just Got a Little More Difficult

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Female lion (Panthera leo) Ndutu, Tanzania, Africa
Photo: Doug Cheeseman/(c) Doug Cheeseman

In response to the uproar over the death of Cecil, Delta Airlines has announced that it will no longer ship hunting trophies that come from lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffalo. Delta (the only American carrier that flies directly to Africa) joins Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, and British Airways — all of whom pledged to stop transporting various exotic-animal parts this spring, before it was cool. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines, and Qantas have "signaled" a willingness to do the same. Folks considering doing some big-game hunting might want to add "cost of private plane" to the ever-growing list of reasons to find a different hobby.