Major Airlines Pledge Not To Carry Big Game Trophies

Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines & United Airlines ban hunting trophies from flights

For over a decade, guests at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park noticed that one lion stood out – a large male with a shaggy black mane. The lion so endeared himself that he was given the name Cecil.

The death of the beloved Cecil at the hands of an American hunter has sparked outrage across the globe.

In the wake of Cecil The Lion’s death, airlines around the world have enacted bans on the transportation of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo by trophy hunters.

Around 15,000 Americans per year visit Africa on hunting safaris, making up the majority of non-African hunters.

National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative launched its “High-Five. Give $5. Save Big Cats” initiative. The campaign asks people to post a photo of themselves giving a virtual high-five, tagging 5 friends, using the hashtag #5forBigCats and donating $5 to the Big Cat Initiative at

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