Let’s start with some clarifications. First, we have no problems with trophy hunting. If you can afford to go shoot big game – which provides both jobs and food for the local community, by the way – go for it. Have fun. BUT, we also believe that hunting should be done responsibly. If you’re baiting/hunting/killing an animal illegally… Jerk move, bro.
In other words, we believe in freedom and capitalism within the rule of law. Everybody cool? Good. Let’s move on.
Yesterday, Delta Airlines announced that they would no longer transport the big game carcasses of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo trophies.
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.
American Airlines soon followed with a similar announcement via Twitter:
Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) August 4, 2015
No word on giraffe carcasses. Poor long-necked bastards just can’t catch a break.
Nevermind that most of these animals are predators who kill other animals. Nevermind that people killing them helps to feed the hungry in Africa. Nevermind that if Cecil didn’t have a name, you’d never have heard of him, there would be zero outrage right now, and Delta and American would still fly your trophies home.
Which begs the question, will Delta and American also no longer transport Planned Parenthood employees? They’re brutally murdering and selling human babies for profit. What about the body parts Planned Parenthood sells? Who’s flying them to their buyers? Why are we more freakin concerned about killing big game then we are about people killing babies?! WHY?
Furthermore, why is it that a business can be forced to bake a cake in violation of their conscience, but no one’s calling out Delta and American for intolerance towards hunters on this one? Well, those evil hunters can just find another airline! True. And our gay friends can just find another baker, too… right?
Do you see the problem here, guys? Sure, Delta and American should have the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. But then… shouldn’t a bakery in Oregon? Sound off in the comments below!