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In Wake of Cecil the Lion Killing, Delta Airlines Bans Animal Trophy Shipments

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We often write blogs about airlines in terms of flights and service to popular private yacht charter destinations, but this post will deviate to highlight a move which we applaud:

In response to the global outcry after the tragic news of the killing of Cecil the lion, Delta Airlines has announced that it will no longer allow the shipment of big game hunting trophies on any of its flights, around the globe.

Cecil the lion who was killed by Walter J. Palmer, the dentist who was a trophy hunter

The Airline released this official statement:
“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.”

Other air carriers including Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines and Qantas have also stated that they also intend to ban the transport of trophy-hunting kills.

Cecil the Lion was a popular animal at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and served as an icon for conservation efforts. He was killed by Walter James Palmer, a Minnesota dentist in early July, after being lured out of the protection of the national park. Cecil wore a tracking collar and scientists at the University of Oxford had been following and studying him since 2008.

It was wrong to kill Cecil – our opinion. According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, it was also illegal. The government of Zimbabwe is seeking to extradite Palmer to answer for his actions.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, supports the decision made by Delta and other airlines to ban animal trophy shipments. “Back in April, a ban was initiated by South African Airways, and then joined by Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways,” said Sheeder. “Cecil’s killing has created a global outcry, and if there is any good to come from Cecil’s death, it is the heightened awareness of our need to protect our natural resources. We applaud Delta and the other airlines for their new policy banning animal trophy shipments.”

Sheeder concludes, “We live in an era of dwindling wildlife. Our own yachting industry is working to safeguard our reefs and vanishing marine life. The same safeguards are critical for all threatened species, both in the sea and on land. Big-game trophy hunting does not and should never again hold the allure it may have had in Teddy Roosevelt’s day.”

UPDATE — Delta Airlines has officially been joined by American Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin – and per sumofus.org, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Singapore Airways, Lufthansa, Air Emirates, Iberia Airlines, IAG Cargo and Qantas have already banned the transport of animal trophies.

From The New York Times, this ban was initiated by South African Airways in April, and Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways later joined. These airlines pledged not to carry big game trophies, including elephants, rhinos, lions and tigers as cargo.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?   Should Big Game Trophy Hunting Be Banned?  Send us an email and tell us how you feel (include your contact information and mailing address), and we’ll mail you an eco-friendly tote bag, compliments of 1-800 Yacht Charters!  Email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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UPDATED: United Airlines Flights to St. Lucia. Good News For Caribbean Yacht Charter Clients

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UPDATE!  Current Domestic Flights on American Airlines for your St Lucia Yacht Charter Experience!  

For US-based travelers, here is the March 2017 updated list of major cities with American Airlines service to St Lucia:

 

From:                                                             To:

Boston, MA (BOS)                                         Castries LC (UVF)

Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare)                        Castries LC (UVF)

Cleveland, OH (CLE)                                    Castries LC (UVF)

Detroit, MI (DTW)                                       Castries LC (UVF)

Houston, TX (IAH – Intercontinental)       Castries LC (UVF)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)                                 Castries LC (UVF)

New York/Newark, NJ (EWR – Liberty)    Castries LC (UVF)

Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)                                     Castries LC (UVF)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)                             Castries LC (UVF)

Washington, DC (IAD – Dulles)                  Castries LC (UVF)

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The idea of enjoying a Caribbean yacht charter in St. Lucia just got a whole lot easier, as United Airlines adds the tiny island nation to its network of flights to the Caribbean from the United States. 

The air carrier’s inaugural flight flew on July 11th, 2015, from Newark, New Jersey’s Liberty Airport, to St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on Saturday.   United will offer one flight a week on Saturdays, from Newark to St. Lucia, on a 154-seat Boeing 737-800 jet.

caribbean yacht charter clients can now fly to St. Lucia with United Airlines
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters welcomed the news.  “In looking at United’s domestic schedule, it appears customers will be able to connect to Newark from 22 cities in the U.S., including Chicago, Boston and Washington,” says Sheeder.  “This is great news for our clients seeking a private yacht charter in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, as the biggest challenge for years has been the scarcity of flights.” 

In the past, it was necessary to connect in Puerto Rico or St Martin and take regional flights to get to destinations such as St Lucia and St Vincent.

Long a popular stop for the cruise ship industry, the addition of direct flights will make it easier for North Americans to experience the beauty of St Lucia from the deck of a private yacht.  Charter clients will be treated to the views of the spectacular twin mountains known as the Pitons.  The island is also known for its uncrowded volcanic beaches, quaint fishing villages, reef-diving sites, and lush rainforests and waterfalls.

yacht charter caribbean st. lucia pitons waterfalls caribe tropical


Sheeder believes eco-friendly yacht charter options are the best way to enjoy St. Lucia.  “With constant trade winds, a quiet, but spirited vacation on sailboat is the ideal way to enjoy a St. Lucia yacht charter experience.”  Sheeder recommends the affordability and comfort of a catamaran, with room for the whole family.  “There are great, affordable, family-oriented yachts, with crews adept at entertaining children of all ages, with exciting games and watersports,” claims Sheeder.   

Some of the crewed catamaran yacht charter vessels recommended by Sheeder include Sunreef 62 sail yacht CATSY, Lagoon 620 sail boat catamaran CROCODILE DADDY, and the speedy Gunboat 66 sail catamaran TIGER LILY.

Flight availability for your private luxury yacht charter vacation is just that much more convenient with more commercial airlines offering availability to the area.

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To charter your own private luxury yacht in St. Lucia (or the Bahamas, the South of France, the Italian Riviera, Croatia and Sardinia, Greece, Turkey, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific or beyond), contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by calling 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (922-4824), via our online yacht charter form, or by email to info@1800yachtcharters.com .  Our Team is truly honored to work with you.

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