US airline halts transport of monkeys for lab tests

January 9, 2013
Animal rights activists claimed a major victory Tuesday in their campaign to stop global airlines from transporting monkeys for use in laboratory experiments.

Animal rights activists claimed a major victory Tuesday in their campaign to stop global airlines from transporting monkeys for use in laboratory experiments.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it had been told by United Airlines that it would ban the transport of primates to laboratories under the terms of its cargo policy.

"The new policy reads, 'We do not book, accept or transport primates to or from medical research facilities'," it said.

United Airlines, responding to an email from AFP, confirmed that it would no longer transport what it called "non-human primates" to or from medical labs in the United States or abroad.

It also said it did not ship primates between zoos and other sanctuaries within the United States.

With Air Canada in the process of implementing a similar ban, PETA said "not a single major airline based in North America" will now deliver monkeys to labs where they are liable to be used in experiments.

"PETA will continue to pressure the few overseas airlines—now numbering only four—that continue this inhumane practice," said PETA Kathy Guillermo.

PETA identified the four as , China Eastern Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.

United previously banned the shipping of primates, but came under pressure from PETA supporters when it merged in 2010 with , which did allow for such shipments.

Getting airlines to cease transporting primates is part of PETA's broader campaign against the use of animals for .

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not rated yet Jan 09, 2013
OK - so they now get shipped by some ground freight service.

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