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Airlines Rightly Close Their Doors To Animal Experimentation

Experimenters have asked the Department of Transportation to force airlines to transport monkeys to use in laboratories in the US and they’re ready to go to court to make it happen. The airlines have opposed this effort.

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JEREMY BEKHAM: ‘For years, animal experimenters in the United States have imported tens of thousands of live monkeys annually for use in cruel and deadly laboratory studies. These monkeys are either captured and torn from their families in the wild or intentionally bred on squalid “monkey factory farms” in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Mauritius. While the conditions of these vile facilities would appall anyone who cares about the treatment animals this trade has nevertheless become a lucrative enterprise for a few.

But bringing these animals to the United States has proved logistically difficult so the animal experimentation industry is trying a quixotic legal maneuver to compel airlines to carry their “cargo”: Experimenters have asked the Department of Transportation to force airlines to transport monkeys to use in laboratories in this country and they’re ready to go to court to make it happen. The airlines have opposed this effort…

The vast majority of airlines have banned the shipment of animals to laboratories for many of the same reasons that they ban animal body parts from shameful trophy hunting safaris. Not only is it the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. Airlines expend great effort on their corporate responsibility policies. A 2018 Pew poll found that a clear majority of Americans now opposes the use of animals in experiments. Any airline that wants to maintain a positive image with their large passenger market will inevitably want to distance themselves from the abusive laboratory animal trade’. SOURCE…

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