News24: “Airlines send SA trophy hunting industry into tailspin with cargo ban”


It is getting more difficult for those that wish to transport their “trophies” out of South Africa after both Emirates and South African Airways both decided to stop carrying this cargo.

News24 Airlines send SA trophy hunting industry into tailspin with cargo ban

There are still airlines such as Delta that accepts elephant, rhino, lion, and tiger trophies for transportation.

You can read the full story on News24 website here of which below is an excerpt:

Global aviation giant, Emirates Airlines, has sent shock-waves through the South African hunting industry after it became the second major airline to place an embargo on the transport of elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies in less than a month.

The embargo becomes effective on Friday 15 May, a spokesperson for Emirates has confirmed.

Emirates Sky Cargo’s decision was publicly revealed on Tuesday, in response to an inquiry whether the airline would follow South African Airway’s recent example announced in April.

Addressed to Sarah Dyer, a UK representative of CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting), Emirates wrote in their emailed reply, “Our policy on hunting trophies is that in addition to the existing embargo on CITES-1 specimens (most critically endangered) effective 15th May 2015, we will not accept any kind of Hunting Trophies of elephant, rhinoceros, lion and tiger for carriage on Emirates services, irrespective of CITES appendix”.


It is difficult for me to understand the need of some people to go killing animals in South Africa purely to collect “trophies” and then transporting them to their homes to display. I’ll hope that more airlines will take the commercial stand and stop transporting them.