Delta Air Lines, the only American carrier with direct flights to Africa, confirmed that it was banning all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies from its cargo holds.
We worked hard to obtain this ban as we amassed almost 400,000 signatures in support of Chris Green’s online petition. SCI (Safari Club International) wants the public to believe this was an emotional outcry based on the senseless killing of Cecil the Lion by MN Dentist, Walter Palmer. Nothing can be further from the truth. This petition was launched many months prior and had already obtained results from different Airlines by the middle of May 2015.
By the fifth of August, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways had all implemented similar policies to ban the shipment of Animal Trophies. Others may have done so or may be about to do so shortly. They should ALL be commended for taking on trophy hunters and the trouble that the trophy hunting industries represent. All These airlines have clearly recognized their responsibility and influence in this area.
South African Airways has reversed it’s ban. We need to put the pressure back on them as their government seems to be listening to lobbying efforts from Trophy Hunters. There’s a new petition to have them reinstate the ban.
We weren’t alone. While Republican Senators were attempting to gut away at our highly successful Endangered Species Act of 1973, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.) also urged Airlines and their partners to STOP the transport of Animal Trophies. They described Trophy Hunting as “abhorrent acts of barbarism”.
As we expected SCI (Safari Club International) is attempting to counter act this important milestone in the Banning of Trophy Hunting (The killing of Big Game for pleasure). Armed with the dollars of their wealthy members, they are actively lobbying our Government in defiance of our democratic process. They are also urging members to sign letters in an effort to petition and threaten airlines to reverse their decision and remove the ban on the shipping of Animal Trophies.
To do so they are purposely confusing the public by mixing together honest, ethical hunters and conservation efforts with the likes of Trophy Hunters who senselessly kill rare, threatened and endangered species for fun.
David Suzuki, Animal Planet, Johnny Rodrigues and many more authorities in the animal world all agree, Trophy Hunting is in no way a viable form of conservation and preservation of wildlife.
We need to be proactive and communicate our support with the airlines and their decision to ban the shipment of Animal Trophies. Unlike SCI members, we are taking the civilized approach and will not threaten the Airline industry with our letters of support.
To simplify the cause, we have created a template letter for each of the three major US Carriers. We encourage you to use it, modify it, send it by mail and share it with everyone who supports ethical wildlife conservation. Preserving our Natural Heritage is a duty we all have as citizens of this wonderful planet.
We also encourage you to contact these additional carriers :
- Air Canada – CEO Calin Rovinescu – Address: 7373 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu Ouest, Montreal, Québec H4S 1Z3 Phone:(514) 422-7849
- Air France – CEO Frédéric Gagey – 45, rue de Paris 95 747 Roissy CDG Cedex Phone: 01 41 56 78 00
- British Airways – CEO Keith Williams – British Airways Plc. Waterside PO Box 365 Harmondsworth UB7 0GB Phone: 0844 493 0767
- Brussels Airlines – CEO Bernard Gustin – Brussels Airlines b.house Brussels Airport bld 26 Ringbaan 1831 Diegem Belgium Phone:
- Emirates Airline – CEO Tim Clark – Emirates Group HQ PO Box 686 Dubai Phone: (+9714) 708 1111
- Etihad Airways – CEO James Hogan – Etihad Airways – Head office, New Airport Road, Khalifa City A, PO Box 35566, Abu Dhabi, UAE Phone: +97125110000
- Iberia – CEO Luis Gallego – Calle Velazkuez 130, 28006 Madrid, Spain Phone: +34 901 111 500
- KLM – CEO Pieter J. Th. Elbers – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines P.O. Box 7700 1117 ZL Schiphol The Netherlands Phone: +31 (0)20 – 649 9123
- Lufthansa – CEO Carsten Spohr – Deutsche Lufthansa AG Von-Gablenz-Str. 2–6 50679 Cologne Germany Phone: +49 69 696–28001
- Qantas – CEO Alan Joyce – Qantas Centre, Building A, 203 Coward St, Mascot, NSW, 2020 Phone: (02) 9691 3636
- Qatar Airways – CEO Akbar Al Baker – Qatar Airways Tower 1, next to Al Manna Building, Airport Road Doha, Qatar Phone: +974 4023 0000
- Singapore Airlines – CEO Goh Choon Phong – ION Orchard #04-05, 2 Orchard Turn, (S)238801 Phone: 622 3888
- Virgin Atlantic Airways – CEO Craig Kreeger – The Office Manor Royal Crawley West Sussex RH10 9NU Phone: 0844 811 0000
- South African Airways – CEO Nico Bezuidenhout – Bloemfontein Airport Bloemfontein 9301 Phone: 27 86 160 6606