Delta Airline’s decision on animal trophies slammed

The Environmental Affairs Department says hunting contributes almost R6.2 billion to South Africa's GDP.

FILE. A Delta Airlines jet prepares to land at Ronald Reagan National Airport February 1, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Environmental Affairs has said it will approach American airline, Delta on its decision to ban the transportation of some animal trophies.

The department has criticised the airline and said the decision is 'ill advised'.

Delta Airlines is one of several carriers who have reviewed their cargo policy since the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

Department spokesperson, Albi Modise said hunting contributes almost R6.2 billion to South Africa's GDP, with Americans being its most important industry players.

"That particular ban fails to distinguish between the trade in and transportation of legal acquired wildlife specimen as well as the illegal transportation. Hunting is a major source of South Africa's socio-economic contributors."

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