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Calgary: Cancel African trophy hunting expo

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Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, Alberta, is set to host an African trophy hunting expo, which will promote the cruel and senseless slaughter of beautiful animals on hunting safaris. Organized by African Hunting Gazette and African Events Canada, the expo will connect Canadian hunters with African hunting safari outfitters.

The death of Cecil the Lion last summer sparked global outrage. It is shocking that only a few months later, Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre would book an expo celebrating the slaying of countless animals and wild sentient beings like Cecil.

On African hunting safaris, hunters pay for the chance to gun down exotic animals, including elephants, rhinos, hippos, leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, and zebras. Trophy hunters often keep the heads and other body parts of their kills to mount as perverse proof of their hunting prowess.

Many animals shot for trophies in Africa are listed by CITES ( as endangered or threatened due to poaching, habitat loss, and hunting, yet international law still allows hunters to brutally kill countless endangered and threatened animals every year. Their body parts are often shipped home to be mounted and displayed by hunters.

This weak legal regime means that companies around the world are stepping up to the plate and refusing to play any role in the cruel trophy hunting industry, including international airlines that refuse to transport animal trophies out of Africa.

As knowledge of African trophy hunting expos across Canada has come to the attention of Canadians, citizens have been stepping up and voicing their disapproval of the promotion of senseless slaughter, resulting in the cancellation of the expos in both Toronto and Saskatoon.

These beautiful and majestic animals need our help before it's too late. Please ask the Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, Alberta, to cancel the expo and help protect African animals!

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