(ANIMAL TESTING) The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has finally permitted Air Canada to ban shipments of primates destined for laboratories. In its lengthy decision, the CTA points out that the airline received “over 47,000 letters from the public protesting its practice of transporting non-human primates for research purposes” and that Air Canada “cannot ignore the overwhelming volume of letters in opposition to the transport of non-human primates destined for research.” Although this is a major victory, there are still a few remaining airlines like United that are willing to ship primates to research labs. Take action and sign the petition urging airlines to stop transporting primates to laboratories. — Global Animal
Peta, Tasgola Bruner
Montréal — Following more than a year of deliberation, including input from PETA, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has just ruled that it will allow Air Canada to submit revisions to its shipping policy to ban the transport of primates destined for laboratories, where they are often poisoned, addicted to drugs, mutilated, and killed.
Air Canada requested permission from the CTA to end the cruel practice in November 2011, after being urged to take this action by PETA, other animal welfare groups, and members of the public. The airline stated that the proposed ban was “both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern.” Following objections from animal experimenters, the CTA initially did not approve the ban and scheduled a hearing on the issue. PETA immediately filed comments, which were included in the official record, in support of Air Canada’s proposed ban. Through PETA’s website, nearly 19,000 people also urged the CTA to approve the ban. Today, the CTA ruled in Air Canada’s favour, leaving the airline free to re-file its proposed ban and bring it into effect.
“The CTA’s decision will allow Air Canada finally to do what PETA and kind people across North America have been urging for years: Stop delivering primates to misery and death in laboratories,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “Air Canada passengers will soon be able to rest assured that their ticket purchases will not fund the capturing, cutting up, and killing of primates in cruel experiments.”
Every year, tens of thousands of monkeys—many of whom were torn away from their families in the wild—are flown from Asia and Africa to North America, where they are caged, experimented on, and killed in laboratories. Nearly every major airline in the world refuses to participate in this cruel practice. Air Canada’s ban will leave United/Continental as the only major North American airline still willing to ship primates to laboratories.