This week ARFF received a disappointing response from Amerijet International to our letter urging the company to reconsider transporting monkeys for the research industry. In the letter (download here), Amerijet CEO David Bassett writes, “To refuse to provide transportation services requested of us does not respect our customers’ right to engage in lawful pursuits and is inconsistent with our values as a company.”
Despite his claim to the contrary, Amerijet makes decisions everyday about who to do business with, and who not to. Ethical company’s consider how their products/services impact people, the environment and animals. Unethical companies always put profits first.
In a previous blog post (here), we explained how numerous airlines have made the compassionate decision to refuse to transport monkeys for research. It appears that Amerijet is determined to be the last American airline to import monkeys to be used in cruel laboratory experiments.
In his letter, Mr. Bassett also promises that Amerijet would “decline to do business with potential customers that are under investigation by governments or other enforcement bodies for failing to meet legal standards or international conventions.” Amerijet needs to take a closer look at its current customers. Consider these three companies who have hired Amerijet to fly monkeys into the U.S.:
- In response to disturbing photographs that show several monkeys inside Primate Products, Inc. with serious injuries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened an investigation into possible violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Visit ARFF’s website to learn more about Primate Products.
- Alpha Genesis, Inc. has been repeatedly cited by the USDA for deficiencies regarding its care of animals. In March 2010, a USDA inspector found a rhesus monkey at Alpha Genesis in a cage that was so small that he could not stand up fully. The inspector also ordered Alpha Genesis to move a large number of African Green monkeys who had been individually confined for at least three months, into social housing to improve their welfare.
- Another Amerijet customer, Worldwide Primates, Inc., is run by Matthew Block who was sent to federal prison in the 1990s after being convicted of smuggling endangered wildlife. We’ve written about Mr. Block previously on this blog (here).
Please contact Amerijet and urge them to reconsider their decision to transport primates for research. Contact:
Today, Broward Palm Beach New Times wrote about Amerijet’s controversial cargo (click here for the article).