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Calgary Humane Society pushes for cancellation of local safari club's trophy hunting auction

Last Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 6:37 pm MST

FILE -- In this Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo photo, African elephants Thika, left, and Mara walk through the Performing Animals Welfare Society's ARK 2000 Sanctuary near San Andreas, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An event auctioning off a licensed hunt to kill elephants is raising the hackles of the Calgary Humane Society.

The organization says the local chapter of Safari Club International is holding a silent auction at the Westin Calgary Airport Hotel on Saturday, selling off two dozen other hunting trips as well as the trophy hunt.

It’s deeply troubling for those at the humane society, according to Executive Director Carrie Fritz.

“We’re just fundamentally opposed to any animal being used in any kind of entertainment that puts them at risk of pain, suffering, injury or death. And that does include trophy hunting which is how they’re being promoted on their website.”

The CHS says it strives to lead, educate and inspire others in the compassionate treatment of animals, as it has for close to a century.

“We want to be a community where we’re being compassionate to our animals, where we are treating them with empathy and this really contradicts everything we stand for,” said Fritz.

“We thought that it was important that we speak up and just let people know that this is going on in the city of Calgary because I know there are a lot of people that agree with us and believe that the there’s no place for the pain and suffering of animals has no place in our society.”

The organization is hoping the Westin reconsiders hosting the event and that the Safari Club re-evaluates its auction items.