HOUSTON - The airlines are taking flight on the topic of big game trophy hunting.
American Airlines is the latest to announce it will not transport big game trophies in light of the killing of Cecil the Lion from Zimbabwe.
American Airlines. issued this statement:
"Even though we do not serve the continent of Africa, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhinoceros trophies."
Yes, a largely symbolic gesture but it speaks volumes.
Candace Clark said, "It's a great initiative because first of all, we have to keep in mind that when you bring these game, you bring trophies, they're going out and killing animals, innocent animals."
"I agree with their right to say no and choose to not be a part of it, if that's their choice and their stance," explained Christopher Hayes.
Glenn Hodge believes, "God created these animals and put them in the hands of man, and said man, you gotta look after these animals, you know?"
Other airlines banning the transport of trophies are South African Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Delta Airlines.
Will this stop trophy hunting? Most likely not, but it does send a strong message.
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