The killing of a popular lion named Cecil by an American dentist in Zimbabwe has sparked outrage on social media and by media outlets all over the world. 

Now, a number of major airlines are taking a stand,  with Delta, American and United leading the charge of more than a dozen airlines saying they will no longer allow game trophies on their flights.

Joining the aforementioned airlines are carriers including Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines and Qantas. The push for the change in cargo policies has been spearheaded by SumofUs.org, a consumer-based petition agency in Brooklyn.

“Airlines and other large travel corporations would be foolish to ignore the public reaction to the killing of Cecil the lion, and growing concern about the plight of endangered species,” campaign director Paul Ferris told The New York Times in a statement.

These airlines have all changed their policies in the days following the killing of Cecil the Lion, but airlines including Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways made similar changes earlier this year.

All of the named airlines have pledged not to carry big game trophies, including elephants, rhinos, lions and tigers as cargo.

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