Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Please keep the ban on the trafficking of trophied wildlife on your commercial passenger flights in place!


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Subject: Please keep the ban on the trafficking of trophied wildlife on your commercial passenger flights in place

* Air Canada
Calin Rovinescu
President and Chief Executive Officer
Air Canada
PO Box 64239
RPO Thorncliffe
Calgary, AB, Canada T2K 6J7
*West Jet
Gregg Saretsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
21 Aerial Place North East
Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 8X7

Richard Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Delta Airlines
P.O. Box 20706
Atlanta, GA 30320

* United
Jeff Smisek
Chief Executive Officer
United Airlines
P.O. Box 66100
Chicago, IL 60666

*American Airlines
Doug Parker
Chief Executive Officer
American Airlines
4333 Amon Carter Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155

Dear Sir,
Thank you for the support and understanding of your airline in stopping the trafficking of trophied wildlife on your commercial passenger flights. As an animal lover who sees how critical our endangered and keystone species are to all our futures, I respectfully ask that this ban is continued despite likely pressure from political lobbies. I also ask for consideration to cease transport on any cargo flights as well.

This is the right thing to do for several reasons.

Economically, the killing of wildlife contributes a very small fraction of money to the tourist industry of poor countries while destroying it’s natural resources, the animals, who would bring in more money if they were alive. It causes more harm than good and is offensive to local cultures. The education of poor communities in coexistence has provided real benefit, as well as non-lethal tourist money.

Ethically, the poorest people of these poor countries are often displaced from their traditional lands to make way for hunting reserves.

The Maasai people and the Bushmen of the Kalahari notably are two indigenous tribes who have been subject to legal conflicts as their traditional lands are desirable to trophy hunters.

There have been a number of news stories, including Cecil and Jericho among others, that have shown links between trophy hunters and the the bribing of government officials, and stories of questionable ethics with practices leading to wildlife trafficking.

Finally, for the sake of humanity, it is reprehensible that in 2015 a majority of people are unwillingly subjected to animal cruelty. It is shocking. This suffering is not without consequence to people. As we lose our animals through this disturbing and unnecessary “hobby” the health of our ecosystems is decimated as well. A canned hunting industry destroys a legitimate ecosystem as wildlife is needed, not caged animals.

This industry contributes to poverty and loss of future sustainable lands.


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