UPS on Hunting Trophy Controversy: No, We WON’T Bow to the Left’s Outrage

The left’s attention span seems to bounce around, scanning the horizon for anything about which one can complain. This past few weeks, the left has been preoccupied with African big-game hunting. Evidently, the folks on the left find it abhorrent to kill an animal and chop it to pieces, but are perfectly fine with Planned Parenthood generating profit from doing that repeatedly to human beings.

Because… you know… “war on women”… or… something…

Now, liberals have demanded that UPS, the global parcel service that showed that anything the government can do the private sector can do better, stop shipping hunting trophies.

The company, however, instead of caving as so many companies tend to do, have stuck to their guns and maintained that they will abide by international law- not the finicky nature of public outrage.

The Washington Post reports on UPS’ brave stance:

Hunters and others looking to ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo heads and other big-game trophies across the world still have options available, even as Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Air Canada announced this week that they will no longer allow such cargo on their planes.

Shipments of hunting trophies are still allowed by United Parcel Service, a UPS spokeswoman told The Washington Post on Tuesday, noting that the global shipping giant follows U.S. and international laws, not public opinion, in determining what it will and won’t ship.

“There are many items shipped in international commerce that may spark controversy,” UPS public relations director Susan Rosenberg wrote in an e-mail. “The views on what is appropriate for shipment are as varied as the audiences that hold these views.

“UPS takes many factors under consideration in establishing its shipping policies, including the legality of the contents and additional procedures required to ensure compliance. We avoid making judgments on the appropriateness of the contents. All shipments must comply with all laws, including any relevant documentation from the shipper required in the origin and destination location of the shipments.”

Public outrage from the left seems to work like this: a company maintains a policy, the left absolutely freaks out and demands “corporate responsibility,” the company folds like hot laundry, and then the left looks for other things about which to complain.

Conservative outrage works like this: a company does something heinous, conservatives speak-up, company gives them the middle finger in the name of “social justice,” liberals nod approvingly.

Case-in-point: after 150 years, liberals decided that they could not tolerate the Confederate Flag. They postured and demanded the scrubbing of the Stars ’n’ Bars from our history and our Southern culture and companies like Amazon, Ebay, Walmart and Sears tripped over each other to comply with liberal demands.

Had any of these companies a shred of backbone, they would have issued a press release that, essentially, stated: “We understand the public opinions concerning this flag. We are, however, not the arbitrators of what is and what is not socially acceptable. We are a marketplace and will sell items others wish to buy without taking a political stance on our products.”

The stance of UPS is simple and exactly what we should demand from companies; this relentless need for companies to bow to societal pressures is ridiculous. Companies should bend to laws, not the latest cause of the day.

UPS is brave in standing-up to the bullies of the left. Please act accordingly the next time you want to ship a package.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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