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Three Airlines Place Misguided Restrictions on African Hunting Trophies

Friday, May 29, 2015

Following recent announcements made by South African Airways and Emirates' cargo divisions to establish an embargo on select African hunting trophies, Africa Director of Lufthansa Cargo said in a memorandum that the company has decided to stop its shipment of hunting trophies from "all Africa (Johannesburg Airport) origins," as well.

These companies have decided to enforce policies which go beyond the strict requirements of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Unfortunately, such embargoes could negatively impact the tremendous support provided by hunters to wildlife management and conservation in Africa.

In mid-May, Delta Air Lines announced that it would continue transporting hunting trophies.  The airline stated that "Delta accepts hunting trophies in accordance with all U.S. domestic and international regulations…"

Your NRA will keep you updated on the latest developments regarding these misguided transportation restrictions on legally harvested African animals.

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