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Ban the Shipment of Hunting Trophies

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UPS

IMMEDIATELY BAN THE SHIPMENT OF HUNTING TROPHIES OF ENDANGERED & THREATENED SPECIES

I'm a UK citizen, yet I find it astonishing that UPS, a once proud company should resort to ignoring the pleas of US citizens when asked if UPS would band transporting hunting trophies of endangered and threatened wildlife species.

I wish to support my American friends and those worldwide who use UPS services.

Please urgently reassess your current unethical and immoral stance UPS, you are failing your company and you are doing an injustice to wildlife.

WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN YOU UPS

Following SEVERAL MAJOR and LEADING airlines issuing statements to confirm their immediate bans to the shipping of hunting trophies, thousands of people are extremely disappointed to see that UPS are taking such an immoral stance.

Washington Post article - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/03/delta-air-lines-bans-freight-shipments-of-lion-hunting-trophies/?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFqq9rHumJ5NdjLHgnCnNPh0qrOyA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778918083607&ei=ggHBVbifJ5PD3AGUnoGgDA

DELTA Bans Hunting Trophies article - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/03/travel/cecil-lion-poaching-hunting-delta-airlines.html?_r=0

 

#CecilTheLion

Cecil, as you will be aware of, has become not simply a lion .. but a symbol of the public's desire to right wrongs, to protect what we have so few of ... Africa's mighty and loved wildlife. 

ARE UPS GOING TO CONTINUE AIDING THE DEMISE OF LIONS, LEOPARDS, CHEETAH, RHINOS, ELEPHANTS and so many more species?

Africa's wildlife is in dire, urgent need and UPS must take more accountability to safeguarding endangered & exploited wildlife such as Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Pangolins and many more species.

Last year, more than a thousand rhinos were poached in South Africa, elephant populations have plummeted 66% in just five years, and the export of lion "trophies" has increased ten-fold--hunters bringing home animals' heads and bodies to stuff and mount. In response to such threats.

Are UPS really going to continue to facilitate hunters being able to hunt these ENDANGERED species whilst they continue to be PLUNDERED from Africa's land?

As poaching escalates (currently higher than ever before) and hunting continues (of both wild & captive animals), we are losing far too much of our wildlife to justify allowing hunters to take home their trophies - of these same endangered animals.

We need iconic companies as UPS to make a stand, not to sit on the fence and bow to hunting groups who force their will upon others... this is about Africa and its heritage, its wildlife, which is currently being hugely exploited.

Tourists flock to Africa to see the beautiful animals, how can you support the killing of them?

We do not live in the past, a past when hunting a Lion was accepted as an "adventure", or a past when shooting an Elephant was part of an "African Safari" - these days are long gone. Africa cannot afford to lose any more Lions or Rhinos or Elephants or Leopards or Cheetah or Pangolin.

So please HELP Africa's wildlife before it's too late - banning hunting trophies will not only help these endangered species, but will also safeguard against improper transport and mis-declared wildlife items .. as we have seen with South African Airways carrying items falsely declared and marked as something else in order to transport endangered wildlife parts.

UPS cannot allow themselves to be in the position of receiving fines and sanctions should this happen.

Trophy hunters speak of their contribution to conservation and communities, when in fact eco-tourism is the biggest generator of income for Africa. In fact less than 3% of hunting revenue actually makes it to communities - 

IFAW article - http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/Ecolarge-2013-200m-question.pdf

So why are UPS continuing to facilitate and aid the transportation of hunting trophies, when in fact these trophies are benefiting only one person - the hunter.

Give back to wildlife UPS and support ethical tourism, it's the only way forward for Africa and her wildlife we cherish so much.

If you do this, UPS will once again be a leading company. A company looked upon favourably by travellers and a company who's foundation is built on being ethical in today's environment.

UPS, we implore you to follow the brave, ethical and correct example set recently by UNITED, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Emirates SkyCargo by BANNING ALL HUNTING TROPHIES OF ENDANGERED & THREATENED SPECIES IMMEDIATELY.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AS A STANCE AGAINST THE CURRENT IMMORAL POSITION UPS ASSUMES 

|* Please intervene Mr David Abney, UPS Chief Executive Officer, before UPS are dragged this terrible situation for Wildlife, ultimately losing clients and customers.

Thank you.

 

Reference - successful DELTA petition - https://www.change.org/p/delta-air-lines-end-the-transport-of-exotic-animal-hunting-trophies

Resources;

Emirates Ban - http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/news/emirates-%E2%80%93-world%E2%80%99s-biggest-international-airline-%E2%80%93-bans-transport-hunting-trophies

Information about captive lion hunting in South Africa -www.cannedlion.org

Information about big cat populations - www.panthera.org

Information about African wildlife issues  - www.bornfree.org.uk 



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