South Africa, Namibia criticise airline ban on trophies

2015-08-07 14:21


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Johannesburg - Some African countries that allow hunting are criticising a decision by Delta Air Lines and other carriers to ban the transport of hunting trophies.

The South African government said in a statement on Thursday that it is disappointed at Delta's announcement this week that it will no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo trophies.

South Africa's environment ministry says Delta's "blanket ban" does not distinguish between the legal and illegal wildlife trades.

Namibia has also warned that the airline ban on trophy transportation will hurt its economy and conservation efforts that rely on revenue from hunters.

The ban follows on an American hunter's killing of a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe.

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