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ATW Cecil Honor Roll now at 27 airlines around the world


I’ve been on work travel to New Zealand, but wanted to update you on the status of our Cecil Honor Roll for those airlines that have banned the transport of animal trophies on their aircraft.

I’ve been on work travel to New Zealand, but wanted to update you on the status of our Cecil Honor Roll for those airlines that have banned the transport of animal trophies on their aircraft.

Below are some comments or statements that were emailed to me. Airlines, of course, abide by those rules that prohibit the illegal carriage of endangered species and parts, such as ivory tusks. This honor roll is for those airlines that go beyond that and set voluntary rules prohibiting the transport of wild animal “trophies” , such as the heads and skins of lions shot in “game hunting” expeditions.

And yes, I’ve received a few indignant – some nasty – emails from people who believe airlines should continue to transport these animal trophies and that ATW should keep out of the issue.

But the vast majority of emails express support for the idea and the Honor Roll, and as you can see from the list of carriers at the bottom of this blog, many airlines large and small and from all around the globe are agreed that this is the right thing to do.

Our online Honor Roll continues on the ATW homepage – www.atwonline.com. We will also publish it in the September issue of the magazine, which goes to press Wednesday Aug. 19 – so if you want to be included in that print Honor Roll, email me as soon as possible at Karen.walker@penton.com

Sincere thanks to everyone who has sent in an Honor Roll nomination or a supportive comment!



  • Thank you from an Air Canada B767 pilot!
  • I am writing to you from Mexico City, I am an Aviation lawyer, congratulations for the Cecil Airline Honor Roll!
  • Hurray finally an honor roll that makes sense!
  • We congratulate you on your campaign – Virgin Atlantic Cargo
  • Just to let you know that despite regular requests, fastjet does not and will not carry, so called, trophy kills. Personally I find it morally reprehensible – Richard Bodin, COO fastjet
  • Qatar Airways has had a policy in place prohibiting the carriage of CITES I specimens since the beginning of June, and we have just extended the policy to cover all specimens included in CITES I, II and III to ensure we are doing everything we can to support the protection of endangered species and the elimination of illegal trading of animal products. Qatar Airways is in the minority enforcing a ban on the carriage of all CITES I II and III specimens – Qatar Airways
  • I want to thank you for the stance you and ATW have taken on this issue of animal extinction.  I honor and commend you for this definitive support.
  • We already had a ban in place for the transport of animal trophies, before the tragic slaughter of Cecil. Kenya Airways is in partnership with The Born Free Foundation and collects change on-board to support the charity and preserve Africa’s wildlife. – Kenya Airways
  • Cathay Pacific has been following the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES) requirements on the transport of products of endangered animals and plants listed under Appendix 1 and 2 of the Convention. In the context of recent events, we have now decided that we should extend the list of prohibited items to include hunting trophies - whether the species in question is endangered or not. – Cathay Pacific Airways
  • WestJet and WestJet Cargo do not accept endangered species, or the remains from endangered species, as listed on Environment Canada's website under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or trophies from any of the following five big game animals (cape buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, rhinoceros) transported from other countries. – WestJet
  • Air New Zealand refuses to accept hunting trophies of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros or buffalo for carriage on its services. We are not aware of having carried these in the past and have always complied with the CITES convention which covers international trade in endangered species - Air New Zealand
  • SriLankan Airlines wishes to inform that the Airline shall refrain from the carriage of game/hunter trophies or any part of an animal killed in the wild or listed as endangered or protected; neither does it endorse nor condone such activities. The Airline is currently reviewing its policy on the carriage fauna and flora, which will be publicised in due course  - SriLankan Airlines


Aeromexico  www.aeromexico.com

airberlin www.airberlingroup.com

Air Canada  www.aircanada.com

Air France www.airfrance.com

American Airlines www.aa.com

Air New Zealand www.airnewzealand.co.nz

British Airways www.ba.com

Brussels Airlines  www.brusselsairlines.com

Cathay Pacific Airways www.cathaypacific.com

Delta Air Lines www.delta.com

Emirates Airline www.emirates.com

FastJet www.fastjet.com

Finnair  www.finnair.com

Iberia www.iberia.com

IAG Cargo  www.iagcargo.com

Kenya Airways  www.kenya-airways.com

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines www.klm.com

Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com

Qantas www.qantas.com.au

Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com

Royal Jordanian rj.com

Singapore Airlines www.singaporeair.com

SriLankan Airlines www.srilankan.com

SWISS www.swiss.com

United Airlines www.united.com

Virgin Atlantic Cargo  www.virginatlanticcargo.com

 WestJet www.westjet.com                

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