19 July 2011

American Airlines will no longer transport primates destined for lab research

Something many of us don’t consider as we are travelling by air for business or to our next vacation destination, is the animals about to begin a life of torture, pain and confusion - all in the name of research, who may be travelling along with us in the cargo hold below.

Animals used for research are often transported to laboratories far away and many airlines support this cruel practice by agreeing to carry these poor animals to their dire fates.

British Union for Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has announced that American Airlines (AA) "will no longer transport primates used for laboratory research, experimentation or exploitation purposes."

"We welcome the action taken by American Airlines to clarify its policy on this important issue. The shipment of monkeys for research is a subject that raises strong public concern, said Michelle Thew, BUAV's Chief Executive. "We urge travellers to check our list of airlines before booking their next flight. We call on all remaining airlines to end their involvement in this cruel trade."

So many of us are vigilant about the foods we eat, the clothes we wear and the cosmetics we use in our personal regime when it comes to the protection of animals. Considering the airlines we travel with and the ethics of those airlines, may not even be on our radar.

Please take a moment and view the list of air carriers that do not support the transportation of animals for research purposes, and be sure to travel with them in your future flights.

Karyn Pyle | @natureconspires
When her son was born, Karyn began a journey of researching the impact of our daily choices on our children, the earth and its inhabitants. Now a campaigner of safe food practices and animal rights; while studying holistic medicine, she writes about her passions of organic and eco living and the ethical treatment of animals. Follow Karyn at Natures Conspiracy and Facebook.

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