Target: Ralf Kunkel, Head of Corporate Communication, Berlin Tegel Airport
Goal: Stop the import of hunting trophies into international airport.
Recently, another animal was lost to trophy hunters. This time it was an elephant said to be one of the largest killed in the last 50 years. The man who shot down this innocent creature is Rainer Schorr. He is the CEO of a German investment and real estate company and reportedly paid $60,000 to kill the elephant. He wants to ship the elephant’s tusk back to his home in Germany. Take action to demand that the main international airport in Germany refuse to allow him to ship back these animal parts.
This elephant has no name, however Zimbabwean photographic safari operator, Anthony Kaschula, stated that “in all of my years of guiding, I’ve never seen an elephant of this size, and you can speak to a generation or two above me who would say the same.” The elephant killed was a tusker, which is the term for a male elephant with large tusks. Tuskers are typically sought out by hunters due to the value of their tusks. Tuskers’ offspring usually grow up into tuskers as well. However, hunting has reduced the population of tuskers in the wild.
This elephant was estimated to be about 50 years old. His tusks weighed about 120 pounds each, which is almost unheard of nowadays. Now, Rainer Schorr wants to ship these tusks into Germany, presumably with other parts of the elephant as well. Demand the Berlin Tegel Airport, the main airport for international travel, to ban Schorr from bringing back parts of a murdered animal.
Dear Mr. Ralf Kunkel,
Recently, German citizen, Rainer Schorr, traveled to Zimbabwe and paid $60,000 to hunt and kill an elephant. Schorr hunted down one of the largest elephants killed in the last 50 years. His tusks weighed about 120 pounds each, which is almost unheard of nowadays. Male elephants with tusks this large are referred to as tuskers. Tusker populations are very low now due to over-hunting.
Now, Schorr wants to import these tusks, presumably along with other parts of the elephant, into Germany. We’re asking you to not allow Schorr to import these pieces of a dead animal and to put a ban on the import of hunting trophies in the future. Banning the import of hunting trophies would make it much more difficult for hunters to get their trophies back into their country of residence. This could save thousands of animals, help keep a stable ecosystem, and help with the tusker population. Please consider all the benefits to this ban.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Stuart Basil