With the ‘Cecil the lion’ controversy still looming, Air Canada joined other airlines that will no longer allow the shipment of trophy animals.
Following international debate, the airline recently announced a new policy, banning the freight shipment of certain big game trophy animals, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and water buffaloes.
The airline made the move even though it has complied with all existing regulations regarding the transport of endangered wildlife, and rarely transported them because they do not operate flights in South Africa where big-game hunting is a popular sport.
Air Canada is one of many to join the ban on shipping “Big Five” trophy animals, including Air France, Delta Air Lines, Qantas, WestJet Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, and British Airways.
Following the international social media controversy of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwean authorities have stated they will seek the extradition of Walter James Palmer, an American hunter who allegedly shot the lion with a bow and arrow illegally.