Russian airline AirBridgeCargo has revealed that it will no longer be transporting monkeys to laboratories onboard its airline.
The announcement comes as a result of a large 2-year campaign by animal rights organisation PETA.
According to PETA, the airline previously imported monkeys from China to the US via Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
PETA also stated that they received a tip-off that the airline was intending on expanding this practice to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as well.
PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations, Kathy Guillermo, said:
“AirBridgeCargo’s decision will make it even harder for laboratories to obtain monkeys to confine to cages, infect with diseases, force-feed chemicals to, and perform invasive surgeries.”
“Air France is now the only remaining major airline that transports primates to be killed in laboratories, and PETA will keep pushing the airline to ground this cruel practice.”
The monkeys would have come from squalid monkey farms or torn away from their families in the wild.
Then, they are confined to small wooden crates and transported inside dark cargo holds for up to 30 hours, before they reach their horrific final destination.
AirBridgeCargo has now implemented a formal policy banning the transport of nonhuman primates on the company’s entire fleet.