Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Owners of giant rabbit that died after United flight want answers, payment

Owners of giant rabbit that died after United flight want answers, payment

A United Airlines spokesman said on Monday the beleaguered airline had reached a satisfactory resolution with the British breeder of Simon, a giant rabbit that died after flying from the UK to Chicago. An attorney for the owner.

Des Moines lawyer Guy Cook, representing an Iowa group that bought the continental giant rabbit named Simon, said his clients want details about Simon's death and an explanation of why he was cremated before a post-mortem examination could be conducted. Cook says he sent a letter to United Airlines last week but hasn't heard back.

"The importance of Simon's death goes beyond the life of a single rabbit, it reflects an attitude of United Airlines that lacks basic decency and respect for the people and the property it is hired to serve", wrote attorney Guy R. Cook in the letter, which he provided to PEOPLE.

The super-sized Simon was traveling with breeder Annette Edwards on a flight from London's Heathrow to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, and was scheduled to then fly on to Iowa. He said she declined the airline's offer of a necropsy.

Images of the passenger, who was battered as he was dragged from the plane, circulated widely on social media and prompted condemnation and threats of a lawsuit.

In response, a United spokesperson tells PEOPLE in a statement, "We have received the letter from the attorneys in Iowa and are reviewing".

The passenger quickly reached a settlement with United for an undisclosed sum.

After winning a prize for the largest rabbit, the men meant to take Simon to other events and raise money for the fair, an Iowa event that stretches over 11 days in August, Mr Cook said. Additionally, the group is seeking damages covering the cost of Simon, his shipping expenses as well as any future revenue he would have generated.

Edwards has said Simon is the offspring of Darius, which the Guinness World Records lists as the world's longest rabbit at 4 feet 3 inches.

Cook also said that three-foot Simon-one of the largest rabbits in the world-might have been mistakenly put in a freezer for up to 16 hours after the plane on which he was transported touched down in Chicago, according to USA Today.

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