Stop UPS from Shipping Big Game Hunting Trophies

Target: David Abney, CEO, United Parcel Service

Goal: End the killing of endangered wildlife by stopping the shipping of big game trophies.

UPS has refused to stop shipping endangered wildlife despite the controversy surrounding the tragic slaying of Cecil the lion. On July 1, Cecil was lured out of his protected Zimbabwe parkland and shot with a bow and arrow. He did not die right away. He suffered for 40 hours. The hunter beheaded this majestic creature so he could take Cecil’s head home as his trophy.

Three major American air carriers, American, Delta and United Airlines, and Canada’s Air Canada have announced they will no longer allow big-game trophies on their flights. Shockingly, America’s top shipping company, UPS, says it will continue to transport big-game hunting trophies, many of which are endangered species.

UPS Public Relations Director, Susan Rosenberg, contends in an email to USA TODAY Network that although the organization is “against the trafficking or trade of endangered species,” it will continue to accept, “for shipment taxidermy items that are legally obtained and appropriately documented.” Apparently, Rosenberg is failing to consider that it appears Cecil’s killing was not legal.

Demand UPS stop shipping big-game hunting trophies by signing this petition. By doing so, game hunters will have one less vehicle to ship their “prize” back to the U.S. This will strengthen the fight for the overall banning of trophy hunting and discourage hunters from participating in the horrific act that killed the world’s beloved Cecil.


Dear Mr. Abney,

While I understand that importing certain animal carcasses is, when properly documented, legal through U.S. Customs, I am writing to implore upon UPS to step up, as four major airlines have, and restrict the shipment of big-game hunting trophies into the U.S.

As was demonstrated by the tragic death of Cecil the lion, big game hunters and guides oftentimes pay little mind to the laws surrounding the protection of compromised species. Cecil was lured from his protective sanctuary and it appears was killed without proper permitting.

Cecil suffered horrifically for 40 hours, after which the hunter and guides attempted to remove his GPS tracking collar illegally. Why? Because the hunter wanted to ship the lion’s head, his trophy, back to the United States.

Please discourage the inhumane and, in many cases, illegal slaying of big game by restricting the shipment of hunting trophies. You have a social and moral responsibility. Show that UPS has the conscience your competitors have and ban the shipment of big-game hunting trophies via your carrier.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mathias Appel

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One Comment

  1. UPS makes plenty of money shipping a variety of cargo. Why does the company need to be so greedy and immoral to include dead bodies/parts from “trophy” killing of endangered wildlife?

    Instead of making it easier for these sociopaths to transport their cargo, take a stand and refuse to ship these dead animals–many are illegal, most involved a great deal of suffering.

    I would like to think that this company had SOME standards of decency and morality, that they have not been totally corrupted by money, as so many other corporations have.

    Some major airlines have refused to participate. UPS should do the same. When more refuse, more will follow. Your company can help save endangered wildlife–doing something worthwhile in your lives.

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