In the aftermath of the death of a rabbit expected to become the world’s largest in the hands of United Airlines (bred by a former Playboy Bunny), United told employees to tell customers who asked that the rabbit’s breeder didn’t want an examination to determine the cause of death.
United’s story is being… disputed.
An attorney for the rabbit’s owners says that:
- United locked the rabbit in a freezer on arrival in Chicago and left it there for hours.
- United had the rabbit cremated without permission preventing an autopsy.
At least one airline employee has reportedly said that Simon may have been inadvertently locked in a freezer for up to 16 hours after arriving in Chicago.
Additionally, the rabbit was cremated by United following its death, making an autopsy to determine what exactly happened impossible, Cook said. That action by the airline was tantamount to “destroying evidence” in the case, he said. The airline cremated the remains without the permission of the ownership group, he said.
Simon the rabbit was expected to compete for the title of biggest rabbit in the Iowa State Fair.
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I certainly don’t want to trust my pet to United considering the recent story of a dog who died in their care. It makes me sympathetic to owners who claim their pets are emotional support animals so they can have their pet in cabin instead of shipping them as cargo.