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July 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The death of Simon the giant rabbit has returned to haunt United Airlines, with a group of US businessmen filing a lawsuit against the carrier over the death of Simon during a flight from London to Chicago.

Three months have elapsed since metre-long Simon – the son of the world’s longest bunny – was found dead on 20 April 2017 and then cremated by the airline.

The group of three businessmen had purchased Simon from Annette Edwards, a noted English breeder of continental giant rabbits. The group planned to show Simon at the Iowa State Fair, then display him and sell related merchandise to raise money for the annual event.

Simon was 10-months old and had been expected to achieve record-breaking size when fully grown.

Simon the Continental Giant Rabbit

United Airlines insists Simon was alive when the transatlantic flight landed. Sinister rumours began circulating in May that Simon may inadvertently have been placed in a freezer by airline employees.

Simon was the offspring of Darius (see clip below of Darius with Annette Edwards) – who holds the Guinness World Record for longest rabbit.

US reports now suggest Simon was placed in a United kennel at Chicago O’Hare airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Kansas City.

The lawsuit reportedly seeks unspecified damages to cover the costs of the rabbit as well as punitive damages. It alleges United was negligent in the care and transport of Simon and that it improperly cremated him.

The plaintiffs say they do not intend to make money from their legal action. Their lawsuit alleges United has a poor record of transporting animals and it claims the airline was involved in a third of all animal deaths via US air travel in the past five years.

A United spokesman released a statement saying: “We were saddened by Simon’s death in April. We have received this complaint and are currently reviewing it.”

United has faced various other consumer complaints in recent months. This is the only one to involve a rabbit.

Written by Peter Needham

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