Target: United Parcel Service CEO, David P. Abney and FedEx CEO, Frederick W. Smith
Goal: End shipping of animal remains and help conserve endangered species that are on the brink of extinction.
Hunters and poachers looking to ship big game remains still have an option of using either FedEx or United Parcel Service (UPS). This is despite recent bans by major airline companies in the U.S and around the world on such cargo. UPS and FedEx still allow shipment of hunting trophies because they have not changed their policies.
Though FedEx does not allow animal carcasses, the company claims it can accept shipping parts if the cargo meets guidelines. The policies of these firms continue to draw more attention and scrutiny after the death of one of Africa’s iconic lions, Cecil, who was killed in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe.
FedEx and UPS need to join other corporations that have placed a ban on the transportation of animal remains. Shipping such goods only serves to encourage poaching and continues threatening wildlife across the world, especially in Africa.
Lions, rhinos, elephants and other big game need to be rescued from senseless killing. These animals are on the brink of extinction because of poaching and hunting by individuals who are ready to spend a fortune to see them dead. Reports claim that wealthy American tourists account for the majority of lions killed for sport. Therefore, if these companies place a ban on the items, it will become difficult to transport the ‘trophies’ home, and the endangered species will enjoy peace.
Sign this petition to ask major shipping companies in the U.S to join the bandwagon and stop shipping slaughtered animal remains.
Dear David P. Abney and Frederick W. Smith,
Major airlines in the United States recently imposed a ban on the transportation of slaughtered animal remains. However, hunters and poachers looking to ship these items still have an option of using your services. Your companies have not come out to ban the commodities that have become a threat to wildlife, especially in Africa.
Transporting slaughtered animal remains continues to pose a threat to wildlife. For this reason, you need to review your policies and scrutinize government agencies and organizations that support legal shipments of such items.
You need to join other organizations that have already imposed the ban and save the lives of these animals. American tourists have been reported to be the majority among those who kill lions for sport. Therefore, if you place such a ban, transporting remains will become difficult and the endangered species will enjoy security at least for a while.
Poaching and illegal hunting are becoming primary concerns and organizations like yours can play an important role in bringing change. I urge you to take action and stop shipping slaughtered animal remains.
[Your Name Here]
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