Delta Airlines Bans Shipment of Wildlife Trophies

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To Delta Airlines for banning the shipment of wildlife trophies on Delta flights

Many trophy hunters traveling to African countries in search of big game are not solely seeking the experience of killing a rare animal. In part, these hunters are motivated by the hope to obtain a “trophy” from the hunt – which may be the severed head, horns, pelt, or corpse of the hunted animal. While federal law places some restrictions on the import of wildlife parts, many forms of “hunting trophies” are still imported legally into the U.S. Until recently, airlines such as Delta permitted wildlife trophies as cargo, so long as the cargo did not violate U.S. wildlife trafficking laws.

According to a recent news article, that policy has changed. Delta Airlines will no longer allow the body parts of trophy-hunted lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, or buffalo as cargo on Delta flights. This decision comes shortly after a 13-year-old male African lion, locally known as “Cecil,” was slaughtered by an American trophy hunter, who lured the lion out of his protected sanctuary in Hwange National Park. Cecil’s headless, skinless body was later found by park officials in Zimbabwe.

Take action. Contact Delta Airlines and thank them for taking a corporate stand against trophy hunting.

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Ivory Bites the Dust

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed 6 tons of ivory in response to illegal poaching of elephants.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed over 6 tons of ivory in response to poaching of elephants.

Paws Up!
To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for destroying stockpiles of confiscated ivory.

A recent news story confirmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry….”

According to the story, “poachers killed 32,000 elephants last year.” As long as there are illegal markets for ivory, elephants will continue to die. With less than half a million elephants left in Africa and Asia combined, the more we can do to stop illegal sales of ivory, the more we will be able to help save the lives of the largest land mammal.

Take Action: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for sending a message to traders in illegal ivory. Additionally, never buy products made in whole or in part with ivory.

Dan Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

African Lions in Danger

Only with strict protection will future generations of lions roam freely in the wild.

Only with strict protection will future generations of lions roam freely in the wild.

African lions need protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). With fewer than 35,000 in the wild and with their numbers dwindling, without protection now, they may become extinct. While loss of habitat is one reason for their declining numbers, one of the bigger challenges to the species’ survival comes from the United States—the world’s largest importer of lion trophies and lion parts.

Urge the acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion under the ESA now.

Daniel M. Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

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Money Talks

"When any of us stands up to animal cruelty in whatever form we find it, we encourage others to do the same."

Paws Up!

To CEO Marcus Lemonis of Camping World for pulling his advertising from the Celebrity Apprentice show.

According to a news report, “‘I wouldn’t spend another nickel with them,’ said CEO Marcus Lemonis, according to celebrity gossip site TMZ.” Lemonis was referring to his having been an advertiser on the Celebrity Apprentice show which features one of Donald Trump’s sons. Donald Jr. was photographed along with his brother Eric with dead wild and exotic animals from a hunting trip to Africa a couple years ago (the pictures just recently surfaced).

When any of us stands up to animal cruelty in whatever form we find it, we encourage others to do the same. Therefore, NHES applauds Lemonis’ actions.

Take Action: Write a letter of thanks to CEO Lemonis. His money speaks for animal care and concern.

Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO
Camping World, Inc.
650 Three Springs Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Tele. No.: 270-781-2718
Fax: 270-745-7192

Source:
The Globe and Mail

 

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