NAMIBIA CRITICAL OF AIRLINE TROPHY BANS
Namibia and several other African countries have denounced bans on the transportation of wildlife trophies that various airlines instituted following international outrage sparked by a recent, high-profile lion kill. Namibian Minister of the Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said that the bans will actually hurt conservation efforts in her country. There are over 80 conservation organizations in Namibia that depend on funding from trophy hunts. Shifeta cautioned that diverting resources from these groups could cause more harm to local wildlife than the hunts themselves. Delta, American, United, Air France, Air Canada, and Qantas have all announced bans in recent weeks. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/07/african-countries-criticise-airlines-ban-on-transport-of-animal-parts-cecil-the-lion.