South African Airways Back In Safari Game Trophy Transit Business

South African Airways Back In Safari Game Trophy Transit Business

I was hoping that this was not true when I first heard of it.

After contacting several reliable sources, I’m honestly saddened to say that South African has turned back its policy and is once again shipping Safari / Hunting Game Trophies.

What is sad about this is the fact the SAA was leading the charge when they announced the ban in April 2015.  Airlines lined up behind SAA with similar policies, but it was SAA that was the first to make a substantial stand and took the brunt of the criticism from the pro-hunting lobby.

It looks like the pro-Hunting lobby had gotten to SAA with veiled threats regarding the economic loss they’ll incur by not flying hunters to the animal’s death camps.  And apparently SAA is only thinking with dollar signs (or Rand signs as it were) in their short-sighted minds.

If there was one airline that I would think would take a tough stand against the eradication of threatened animals it would be SAA.   Considering the vibrant Bushveld full of beautiful critters that you’ll find in South Africa, its a shame that the nation’s flag-carrier wants to be part of the problem.

The murder of ‘Cecil’ apparently rang hollow on these foolish hypocrites…..

 

 

 

 

South African Airways Cargo BANS Transport Of Animal Trophies

South African Airways Cargo BANS Transport Of Animal Trophies

 

A post published by Africa Geographic is suggesting that South African Airways has placed a WORLDWIDE BAN on the transport of Hunt Trophies, even if proper export and import permits are in place.

In what looks to be an internal document, the ban specifically refers to Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers, and Lions which are among the world’s most endangered big-game animals.

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By no means am I an environmentalist or tree hugger but after going on a Safari last year, I’ve developed a passion around the protection of endangered animals, especially the Rhino who are at the mercy of poachers throughout Africa.  Anytime I see positive developments such as the potential new SAA Cargo policy, I’ll share it in the hopes of bringing additional awareness to the topic.

If in fact this policy is now in place with SAA Cargo, I hope that other airlines follow their lead and adopt similar policies.    This looks like a very effective way to put an end to the needless killing of defenseless, endangered animals.