Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said today it has banned shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as freight.
Up until today, Delta had accepted hunting trophies if customers provided appropriate documentation to U.S. customs officials and if the animal in question was not a protected species.
The move comes amid an outcry over the killing of the well-known lion Cecil by American hunter Walter Palmer, after the lion was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve.
Delta said Monday it will also review policies for accepting other hunting trophies with government agencies and organizations supporting legal shipments.
The new ban also comes after a petition launched earlier this year called for the airline to stop transporting exotic animal hunting trophies. The petition on change.org has gained more than 394,000 supporters. Chris Green said in his petition that he is a Diamond Medallion frequent flier on Delta and chair of the American Bar Association’s animal law committee, and that he started the petition after South African Airways announced a policy refusing to transport exotic animal hunting trophies. Delta is the only U.S. airline to serve South Africa directly.
On their first Father's Day without him, Johnny Seibold's wife and daughter decided to celebrate his life by writing him a note and sending it to heaven. They attached the handwritten letter to a batch of balloons and released it at his grave.
“We thought the idea of sending balloons to heaven sounded good," said Siebold's wife Sandy, according to KFOR.
They even put instructions on the note, asking that if someone found the letter that they contact the mom and daughter. Turns out, that wasn't necessary.
A few hours later, Sandy and her daughter Saige made the 25-mile drive back to Cement, Oklahoma, from the nearby town where Johnny was buried.
When they got home, Saige walked to a pasture near their home, where she says she would work with her dad. There, tangled in the fence she found the letter she sent into the sky earlier that day.
"What are the chances?" Sandy said. "I think I started crying. It was just like it was a message from him."
Siebold died last May from pancreatic cancer.
"It has given us a lot of peace, and a we feel just really good about where he's at," Sandy said.
A man has pleaded guilty to robbery and assault charges for robbing and injuring an 84-year-old woman and a Harris Teeter employee in March.
Scottie Barringer appeared in court Monday in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke in jail.
Prosecutors said Barringer targeted the victim, Marjorie McOrmond because of her age. then snatched her keys and wallet and pushed her to the ground.
Eyewitness News also learned in court from prosecutors and defense attorneys that Barringer had sought help at the CMC Behavioral Health hours before the crime. He went to the facility in the morning asking to be admitted and made threats that he would hurt someone if they did not treat him. Prosecutors said the hospital turned Barringer away.
McOrmond doesn't agree with the hospital's failure to treat Barringer.
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"I don't think he should have been released," McOrmond said. "But I'm also a realist. I know that there are so many people that are in need of mental health that are not getting it."
The crime was reported in the Cotswald Harris Teeter parking lot, and McOrmond broke her hip when Barringer pushed her to the ground.
"I was lying right in front of the wheel, so I just prayed that God would not allow him to go forward or he would have run over me," McOrmond said.
A Harris Teeter employee tried to help McOrmond, and Barringer ran over him with McOrmond's car. The employee told Eyewitness News that he didn't break any bones, but he suffered bruises and is still healing and going through physical therapy.
Barringer's defense attorney said Barringer is bipolar and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and reiterated that Barringer had sought help for his illnesses before he committed the crimes.
Prosecutors said that even if Barringer tried to get help, it was not an excuse for the crimes he committed.
McOrmond, who is still recovering, said the incident has completely altered her life. She can no longer live alone and independently and has had to move in with her children.
"It has been a very life-changing event for me, although I'm healing OK," she said. "I don't like what happened, but it could have been a lot worse."
Barringer had previous convictions for larceny, assault and failure to register as a sex offender.
A judge sentenced Barringer to a minimum of 6½ years to a maximum of 10 years in prison. The judge also said he needed to get mental health treatment.
Eyewitness News contacted CMC to ask why Barringer was turned away and if his criminal history had come up.
Channel 9 has not heard back, but will provide updates as they become available.Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:18:45 -0400
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