If one good thing has come out of the heartbreaking death of Cecil the Lion, it may be it has caused Delta Air Lines to put their foot down on future shipments of exotic animal trophies.

Today, Delta, who is the only U.S. air carrier with direct flights to South Africa, is officially banning five types of trophy animals for shipment,


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The statements reads,

Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

We salute Delta for taking this bold action to dissuade future tragedies like that of the beloved Cecil.