United Airlines is becoming public enemy #1 after everything that has happened in the past thirty days. Just last week, the airline let a giant rabbit, who was in line for being the world’s largest rabbit, die in their care.
Now, it has come out that the airline had cremated the body against her wishes, so there would be no trace of how her rabbit, Simon, died.
When asked what she thinks, the breeder, Annette Edwards said, “The whole thing stinks of a cover-up.”
She had asked the airline for her rabbits body several times so that she could have it examined in Britain in an attempt to discern cause of death, but they never got back to her.
Edwards is shocked that her rabbit died, as it was examined by a veterinarian shortly before the trip and declared to be in perfect health.
United Airlines is now claiming that the rabbit was alive when he left the cargo section of Boeing 767, but as Simon was cremated, there is no evidence to the contrary. Essentially, they can say whatever they want and there is no way to prove them wrong.
From Fox News:
The airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, tried to apologize after the rabbit’s death, but drew fire for likening the pet to misplaced bags. United, which has been fending off PR nightmares left and right in recent weeks, told Edwards on Friday there could be no autopsy because the animal had been incinerated, the Sun reported.
A source told the outlet that bumbling Chicago airport workers killed the bunny by mistakenly leaving it in a freezer overnight. But United claimed in a statement Sunday that no such thing had ever happened. “The assertion that Simon died in a freezer is completely false,” the airline said. “Simon was cared for at the PetSafe kennel facility which is kept at room temperature (on average 70°F). He arrived at Chicago O’Hare airport in apparent good condition at 10:25 am (local time). He was seen by a representative of the kennel facility moving about within his crate about 11:00am. Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and determined that he passed away.”