Holiday Inn: Cancel African trophy hunting expo
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The Holiday Inn is set to host to an African trophy hunting expo, which will promote the cruel and senseless slaughter of majestic 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's shocking that only a few months later, Holiday Inn would book an expo celebrating the slaying of countless Cecils and other majestic wild animals.
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.
The weak legal regime means that companies around the world are stepping up to the plate and refusing play any role in the cruel trophy hunting industry, including international airlines that refuse to transport animal trophies out of Africa.
Holiday Inn's parent company, InterContinental Hotels Group, says on its website, "We always do what we believe is right and have the courage and conviction to put it into practice, even when it might be easier not to."
It's time for Holiday Inn to live up to its stated values and cancel the African trophy hunting expo at its Toronto International Airport location. By refusing to play any role in the international trophy hunting industry, Holiday Inn can demonstrate the strong leadership that has made them a respected and successful hotel chain.
These beautiful and majestic animals need our help before it's too late. Please ask Holiday Inn to cancel the expo and help protect African animals!
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