Canadian Hotels Cave To Anti-hunters…Cancel Safari Show

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on December 16, 2015

The antis strike again.

This time in Canada.

And this time they won.

A Toronto hotel has cancelled an African trophy hunting show after animal activists protested the event in an online petition.

The Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport hotel says in a Facebook post it cancelled the African Hunting Events show, but didn’t provide a reason.

A spokeswoman for InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns the Holiday Inn chain, but not this particular hotel, says the Toronto hotel decided to cancel the show on Thursday.

But Birgit Johnstone, a director with African Events Canada, the organizer of the the two-day show along with others in Calgary and Saskatoon, says the event will go on because she has a legal contract with the hotel.

Canadian Hotels Cave To Anti-hunters...Cancel Safari Show

She says about 40 people have booked trips and secured visas to travel from Africa for the event, which is an important part of their business.

Animal Justice lawyer Camille Labchuk, who led the online petition, says Holiday Inn showed leadership by standing up against the “senseless slaughter of majestic animals.”

“More and more companies are stepping up to the plate and refusing to play any part in the trophy hunting industry,” Labchuk said.

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