We were exceptionally proud of our largest national airline earlier this week, when Air Canada announced they would no longer transport trophies taken from animals killed in canned or trophy hunts in Africa.
This decision echoes a growing trend around the world following outrage of the killing of Cecil, the protected lion in Zimbabwe.
But will Air Canada bring their message against trophy hunting home?
Each year in Canada, tens of thousands of fur-bearing animals are slaughtered by trophy hunters – both Canadians and visitors are responsible – and the bloody parts are transported home as trophies or keepsakes. Of particular note has been the trophy hunt of grizzly bears in British Columbia this year, which was strongly opposed by scientists, First Nations persons, wildlife advocates and even many hunters.
It is opposed in fact by nearly double the number of people who gave BC Premier Christy Clark a majority government in the last election.
As it is so rare for any political, wildlife or environmental based issue to get so much common ground, it should be clear to the leaders of our communities that Canadians outright oppose trophy hunting. And as such, we expect Air Canada, as a corporate citizen and leader in their field, to do the right thing and ban the transportation of trophies taken from animals killed in Canada.
By raising our voices and telling Air Canada what we, their customers, expect of them, we can make change that is good for everyone – including the animals.
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