Network for Animals is grateful to all the airlines who are now taking a stance against the cruel practice of trophy hunting, in the wake of Cecil the lion’s death. Many of them are now saying they will no longer be transporting animals killed by trophy hunters.
This is a vital step forward in the quest to end trophy hunting. If wealthy, bloodthirsty hunters can’t have their “trophy” kill flown home to show off in their homes or offices, they are much less likely to spend vast amounts of money to have the opportunity to hunt these poor animals in the first place. This will also begin to extinguish the demand for businesses who provide bespoke services for trophy hunters, under the guise of conservation.
By refusing to transport the animals who die at the hands of trophy hunters, these airlines are now showing that public opinion matters to them, and that they do not wish to profit from the fact that our wildlife is being decimated. Moreover, they will ensure that they are not shipping animal parts which may have been acquired through illegal poaching, which, as well as destroying the lives of animals, has far reaching consequences for people too.
Unfortunately, Fedex, who provide global delivery services, still provide a service for trophy hunters. In a list of restricted items on one of their sites, we can see that they even use the term “hunting trophies”. The same language and service is offered by them in many other countries too, and is freely available to view on their websites:
“Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.” – FedEx
No individual, or business, should profit from the abomination that is trophy hunting. More importantly, nobody should want to. If they do, what does that say about them?