Justice for Rabbit That Died on United Airlines Flight

Target: Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines

Goal: Apologize for the death of Simon the continental giant rabbit, and launch a thorough investigation.

United Airlines is once again in the news; and as usual, it’s not for a good reason. Just weeks after a passenger was violently torn from a United Airlines flight, a beloved giant rabbit has mysteriously died while traveling with the airline. Simon the continental giant rabbit was found dead after being transported in a United Airlines flight from the U.K. to Chicago. The breeder has stated Simon was “fit as a fiddle” before the flight, with no obvious reason why he would suddenly die during transit.

In fact, breeder Annette Edwards has stated Simon received a routine veterinary checkup just hours before flying. According to United, Simon is believed to have died sometime after takeoff, though no precise explanation for the cause of death has been publicly presented.

“The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team,” a company spokesperson told the New York Times.

Edwards isn’t satisfied, and is urging United to investigate further. “Something very strange has happened, and I want to know what,” she told The Sun newspaper.

United says they’ll look into the situation. However, if you agree this mysterious death should not only be investigated, but also deserving of an official apology, then please sign this petition.


Dear Oscar Munoz,

Once again, United Airlines finds itself in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Somehow, a cherished giant rabbit, Simon, has died on a United flight from Heathrow to Chicago. The cause of the death remains unclear, though it’s undeniable United has an obligation to investigate. On top of this, we urge the company to immediately apologize, and begin taking steps to provide meaningful support to Simon’s owner.

It goes without saying that United is no stranger to controversy lately. In the case of a passenger who was recently forcibly removed from one of your flights, the company only exacerbated its public relations disaster by failing to immediately provide a satisfactory response. As CEO, you now have a second chance to do the right thing, and apologize immediately for Simon’s death before moving forward with a serious, credible and thorough investigation.


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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Yes, we all ALL NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, poor bunny!!!

  2. Maria Nowicki says:

    United Airlines is the WORST when it comes to animal
    injuries and deaths. Something MUST be done about it.
    But then again United doesn’t care about human passengers either!


  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Oscar – Since United Airlines has a real crappy reputation as it pertains to safety when transporting animals, one would think that United would be more than happy to launch an investigation – and offer an apology to Oscar’s owner. I have reservations to fly to Texas next month to visit family and – you guessed it – my reservation is booked on United. I’m going to switch my reservation to another airline and I will never fly United again…

  5. Mary Smith says:

    Where was Simon the rabbit? In the plane cabin,
    or the cargo hold? The cargo hold is no place for any animal. It is subject to extremes in temperature and abnormal pressure. United should be held responsible for this sweet rabbit’s death. I am, however, not in favor of animal breeders. A bunny does not belong on any flight, let alone an international one, so that the breeder can make money. Very sad. RIP SIMON.

    • Simon was in cargo. He was being shipped unaccompanied from the UK to the US. Frankly, I’ve never really believed in that. I have pointed out on previous petitions that the cargo hold should be for cargo only, not sentient beings–it’s never safe.

      In any case, I didn’t sign this petition. I don’t think an apology from United will mean anything, and it certainly won’t bring Simon back. As for an investigation, it would have to be conducted by an independent third party, because otherwise it might be too easy for United to fake the results. They cremated Simon without doing a necropsy first, so I certainly wouldn’t trust them with an internal investigation.

    • I soooooo agree with you….!

  6. Sonja Beyer says:

    United Airlines! Money counts not passengers, be they human or animals.

  7. Margrit Simons says:

    Shame on this Airline and others like it!

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  10. Candy Niewinski says:

    I don’t know if any of you seen the news but an airline worker confessed to putting poor Simon in a freezer! How that poor bunny must have suffered, and on top of it United cremated him and then sent him back to his owner. I know it can’t bring Simon back, but I hope she sues the pants off of them!

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