PETA Will Call for a Ban on Shipping Heads, Tails, Skins, Horns, and More in the Wake of Cecil the Lion's Death
For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2015
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Atlanta – Demonstrators bearing signs reading, “UPS: Stop Shipping Lion Heads,” will gather in front of a UPS store in Midtown Atlanta to call on the carrier to immediately stop shipping the heads, tails, and skins of lions, rhinos, leopards, Cape buffalo, and other wildlife who’ve been slain by trophy hunters. No longer providing transportation for “man-cave decorations” would help prevent the slaughter of lions like Cecil, who was recently shot with a high-powered crossbow and left to suffer for 40 hours with a steel arrow through him before being tracked, shot again, skinned, and decapitated by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer and his hunting safari guides.
Where: Outside the Midtown location of The UPS Store, 925B Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta
When: Thursday, August 27, 12 p.m.
“More than 200,000 people have signed petitions calling on UPS to stop supporting the slaughter of wild animals who are just trying to live their lives in their own homes with their families,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines have all imposed bans against shipping trophy body parts, but UPS continues to ship them for wildlife serial killers.”
Hunters play a large role in the rapid decline of big cats, elephants, and many other species in Africa. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages caring people to let UPS know that they’ll use other shippers until the carrier takes an ethical stand to protect animals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.