More airlines are banning the transport of big game

August 4, 2015, 2:33 PM UTC

Following last week’s controversy around the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, some airlines are taking a step to make it difficult for big-game hunters to bring their trophies home — by banning the transport of big game on their planes.

American Airlines (AAL) joined the group this morning, joining United and Delta, reported USA Today. In a tweet, American said “effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies.”

South Africa Airlines banned shipments such as this earlier this year, before the Cecil controversy, and some other airlines joined them, including Emirates, Lufthansa, and British Airways, according to the New York Times.