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Trophy hunters are suing Delta Air Lines for caring about wildlife

Chris Green
Cambridge, MA, United States

Oct 19, 2015 — Dear Supporter,

As you may have heard, the hunting group who auctioned away the life of a rare, African black rhino for $350,000 is now suing Delta airlines for refusing to fly that rhino’s carcass back to the U.S. hunter’s home.

This desperate move only demonstrates what a significant impact you helped achieve by getting Delta, United, American and nearly a dozen other airlines to end the practice of transporting exotic animal hunting trophies.

Other than Walter Palmer himself, I cannot think of a less sympathetic plaintiff to challenge Delta’s common-sense policy than Corey Knowlton––the Texan who paid to kill one of Africa’s rarest black rhinos. No rational airline ever would want to be associated with transporting this endangered animal’s butchered body out of Africa just to go hang on some American millionaire’s wall.

Dallas Safari Club’s frivolous lawsuit represents the desperate throes of an archaic, barbaric industry that finally finds itself in the crosshairs of global public opinion. As we witnessed with Cecil the Lion’s tragic death, the bloodlust of the few simply no longer will be tolerated by the mercy of the many. The panic in the eyes of these cold-hearted white, western profiteers gives away their fear in knowing that African trophy hunting itself soon will become extinct.

Stunts like this case only draw more negative attention to an already controversial cause. The public response to Knowlton’s lawsuit will confirm to Delta Air Lines that it did exactly the right thing by listening to the majority of its customers and refusing to participate in the recreational slaughter of Africa’s precious wild animals.

Countless people can travel to observe a wild African animal during its lifetime––creating a renewable resource of tourist dollars that cycles through a local economy over and over again. Yet no matter how high the price paid, only one person can kill a rare black Rhino and then it is gone forever, just like Cecil.

Delta Air Lines should be commended for sticking to its principled stance, and many organizations are ready to assist the company in quashing Dallas Safari Club’s pathetic propaganda disguised as litigation.

Please click here to post on Twitter and thank Delta Air Lines for listening to public opinion and standing by its reasoned, compassionate decision.

Thank You,
Chris Green

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