Tuesday, January 8, 2013

United Airlines ends transport of research primates

Kudos to all the groups that have worked so hard on this. This is a major victory for all animals.
Nature News Blog
United Airlines ends transport of research primates

08 Jan 2013 | Posted by Meredith Wadman

United Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, will no longer ship non-human primates to research labs.

Clarifying a policy that has been ambiguous since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010, the airline today issued this statement: “We do not book, accept or transport non-human primates to or from medical research facilities domestically or internationally. We do ship non-human primates between zoos and sanctuaries within the 50 United States and Puerto Rico.”

With the adoption of similar rules by Air Canada last month (see: Air Canada to stop transporting research primates ), there are no longer any North American carriers that will move the thousands of primates that are imported each year to the United States and Canada (see: Activists ground primate flights). The number of major airlines that say they fly research primates has now dwindled to four: Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines....more

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I deliberately did not take a trip because United was the only flight available to go. I decided to wait because as much as I wanted to go, I couldn't fly knowing animals may have been locked up in the cargo area suffering. How could I enjoy a vacation with that on my conscious. United You Rock! Time to reschedule my trip...