Air Canada has a new policy, and will join United, American, and Delta Airlines in refusing to transport trophies of Africa’s ‘Big Five animals’ including elephants, leopards, Cape buffalos, rhinoceroses, and lions.
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Although Air Canada does not operate flights to Africa, and very rarely would come across the shipment of such trophies, the public pressure, including several petitions, are encouraging all airlines to ban such transportation after the public outcry of Cecil the Lion, who was killed in Zimbabwe by a dentist from the United States of America.
Air Canada’s recent ban however will not be applied to Canadian trophy animals, including black bears and grizzly bears, as they are legal to hunt in Canada under CITES. The airline does refuse to transport polar bears however, which are under protection in Canada.