Singapore Airlines was the only airline transporting the bones from South Africa to Asia in 2017, according to a report on the lion bone trade; the ban on these shipments is a huge win. Over the past few years, similar resolutions from other airlines and shipping companies have helped protect other kinds of animals imperiled by the trade of their parts, like sharks.
“Airlines play a major role in perpetuating the misery of wild animals caught up in international trade,” Michele Pickover, director of the EMS Foundation, said. "Just because something is legal does not make it legitimate or justifiable. Airlines need to acknowledge their damaging role [and] proactively inform themselves of the facts.”