Tell UPS to Stop Shipping Hunting Trophies!

  • by: PETA
  • recipient: UPS

Global condemnation of Cecil the lion's death didn't diminish trophy hunters' thirst for blood.

Majestic wild animals will continue to be slaughtered to boost hunters' egos and fulfill their perverse sense of "fun" as long as wildlife slayers with something to prove can ship heads, tails, and skins back home. Join us in telling UPS that supporting trophy hunts is unacceptable.

Since 2015, when the cold-hearted killing of Cecil—Zimbabwe's most beloved lion—sparked international outrage, more than 40 airlines have banned the transport of wildlife trophies. However, even in the wake of the recent killing of Cecil's son, Xanda, by a trophy hunter, UPS refuses to stop shipping hunting trophies and perpetuates the slaughter of exotic animals.

Although lions in central and western Africa are now listed as "endangered" or "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act—meaning that the importation of their heads, tails, and skins is prohibited, except under limited circumstances—this doesn't protect the many other animals who could be tragically killed by trophy hunters. We're calling on UPS to ban the shipment of animals' bodies.

UPS has banned the transport of shark fins and live animals, as well as ivory and ivory goods, so we know that the company can and will act when it feels that it's important to do so.

Take action right now by contacting UPS and urging the company to end the transport of hunting trophies TODAY—and then share this alert widely with your friends and family.

Subject: Please Stop Shipping Hunting Trophies Immediately

Dear [Decisionmaker], 

The federal government has acted by adding protections for African lions to the Endangered Species Act, but UPS should act to protect elephants, rhinos, bears, and other animals by banning the shipment of all hunting trophies. As long as companies like yours continue to support the industry, spineless trophy hunters will continue to track down innocent animals, lure them from safety, and kill, behead, and skin them. In doing so, they devastate complex family structures and leave mates and offspring alone and vulnerable.

Just because something may still be legal--although its days are surely numbered--that doesn't always make it right. It's not illegal to drag animals across the country to perform in the circus, but even Ringling Bros. circus decided to call it quits, acknowledging that public opinion has changed. Zoos such as the Detroit Zoo and the Toronto Zoo have retired the elephants in their exhibits and sent them to sanctuaries--with resounding applause from the public.

UPS has already banned the transport of shark fins, as well as the shipment of ivory and ivory goods. Why ban tusks but not the whole animal's body?

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Please, do what's right and stop shipping hunting trophies. Thank you.

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