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.
Calgary Humane Society Statement of Opposition to Trophy Hunting pic.twitter.com/yvaGhX0otW
— Calgary Humane Society (@CalgaryHumane) January 23, 2020
“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.