United sued after giant rabbit died on London-to-Chicago flight

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 27, 2017

The plaintiffs claim in their lawsuit that United employees immediately cremated Simon's remains without permission of his owners and before a necropsy could determine how he died.

Three Iowa businessmen filed a lawsuit against United Airlines Wednesday over the death of a giant rabbit that was found dead in a kennel after a flight from London to Chicago, according to the Associated Press. She would not identify his new "celebrity" owner. "He was fit as a fiddle". "I've sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before".

However, the lawsuit never explained how Simon died but provided numerous scenarios including fatally low temperatures during storage or that dry ice may have been near the animal.

"We are saddened to hear this news".

The lawsuit comes as United struggles to fix its image after a string of events, including the videotaped forced removal of a 69-year-old doctor from a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and the banning of two young girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings. The rabbit had sat in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, expecting to board a connecting flight to Kansas City and where his new owners planned to retrieve him.

"The facts show a pattern of wrongful treatment of pets by United Airlines and a cover up by United regarding the death of Simon", said Guy Cook, a Des Moines attorney representing the ownership group.

Then, the lawsuit alleges, United cremated him. "We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the center of everything we do".

"Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and that he had passed away", Hobart told CNBC, but did not discuss the cremation allegations. "We have received this complaint and are now reviewing it", the statement said.

Additionally, they allege that United failed to comply with federal reporting rules, by not filing a narrative description of the Simon incident within the required window of time.

Simon was purchased in April on behalf of Mark Oman, Steve Bruere and Duke Reichardt, three Iowa businessmen who hoped to show the rabbit at the Iowa State Fair and raise money for its Blue Ribbon Foundation. "None of them stand to benefit financially from the resolution".

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