Monkey shipment canceled! Another airline takes a compassionate stand against the cruel trade in primates
May 13th, 2011 by admin
In February, Fort Lauderdale-based Amerijet International confirmed that it had stopped transporting monkeys for research. The airline’s decision came after a letter-writing campaign by ARFF and numerous protests by local animal advocates.
The decision by Amerijet left laboratory animal suppliers like Primate Products, Inc. and Worldwide Primates with little choice but to find a charter airline to continue importing monkeys from the islands of St. Kitts and Barbados. (Most major airlines– such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, El Al and Korean Air– refuse to transport monkeys for research.)
This week, ARFF, working together with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), discovered that a shipment of African green monkeys from St. Kitts was scheduled to arrive on Saturday at Miami International Airport. The monkeys were to be flown by another Fort Lauderdale-based airline, IBC Airways.
ARFF and the BUAV sent out action alerts to our supporters, and within hours IBC Airways released a statement that this weekend’s shipment had been canceled! The airline also announced that it will not accept any future requests to transport primates for research.
ARFF would like to thank everyone who contacted IBC Airways in response to our action alert.