Delta Airlines Bans Shipment of Big-Game Hunting Trophies Worldwide

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On August 3, Delta released a statement announcing the immediate implementation of a ban on the shipping of “lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.”

Delta also indicated they will re-examine “acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”

Delta stressed that their policy heretofore has been a “strict” one, calling for “absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species.” Their policy change comes just days after reports that Minnesota dentist Walter J. Palmer shot and killed Cecil the Lion by accident during a recent hunt in Zimbabwe.

Palmer paid approximately $50,000 to kill a lion and said he trusted his guides—Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Trymore Ndlovu, a land owner—to put him on the right one. CNN reported that late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel commented on the lion’s death while “choking up a little,” and Breitbart News reported that Sharon Osbourne tweeted that she hopes Palmer “loses his home, his [dental] practice, & his money.”

American huntress Sabrina Corgatelli responded to the politically correct reactions by posting photos of some of her favorite hunts, including photos of an “amazing old giraffe” she killed.

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