Amerijet Says It Will Stop Shipping Monkeys

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Amerijet, the Fort Lauderdale-based cargo shipping company, will cease transporting primates, according to a letter printed on Amerijet letterhead, addressed to the president of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. For months, local animal rights activists have targeted the company, writing letters, calling the company, and protesting both the Fort Lauderdale offices and the homes of several company executives.

The company had stood firm in their position. Just last month, Amerijet CEO David Bassett wrote a letter explaining why the company would not stop shipping primates.
Today, ARFF received a one-sentence letter from Bassett, addressed to Nanci Alexander (who also owns Sublime, a gourmet vegetarian restaurant on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale).

The letter, apparently signed by Bassett, states:

"This letter on behalf of Amerijet International, Inc. is intended to confirm that, as stated on our website, Amerijet has ceased transporting primates for any and all purposes."

The company has not confirmed that the letter is authentic, nor is there proof yet that the primate shipping has, in fact, ceased, but Amerijet's web site has been updated to include the statement: "Amerijet does not ship primates."

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A screenshot of the company web site, which now indicates that Amerijet will not ship primates.
Local activists are claiming victory and celebrating. "We're delighted that Amerijet has decided to end this cruel practice," said Don Anthony, ARFF communications director. He said he didn't want to speculate about the company's reasons for changing policy, but he pointed out that Amerijet was one of the few airlines that continued to transport primates for research purposes. He added, "Maybe they wanted to join the large number of other airlines and companies who've decided that this is not how they want to do business."

The group, South Florida Smash HLS, which organized most of the demonstrations against Amerijet, recently encouraged supporters to send a number of Valentine's to Bassett, and to email and call his wife.

Protesters have long claimed that if Ameriet stopped shipping monkeys, research facilities like the South Florida-based Primate Products would not be able to import animals.


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cetude
cetude

Being the closest animal to human beings, primate research will never go away. I think primate research should be curtailed, but not to completely eliminate it. You have to have some animal research. And big deal Amerijet stopped shipping primates-that only means someone else will have the business.

Mugsy_bb
Mugsy_bb

I, for one, glad they are not shipping primates anymore...Wish there was more one could do to STOP the breeding of primates to begin with for home pets!!! NO PRIMATE is meant to be a pet; of course, not a research animal either, but.....too many uneducated people that deal with primates do it to self serve their income should be stopped; these breeders get anywhere from $2500 - 50,000 for a primate that is to be turned into a pet!!! If they can't sell the monkey when young they take it to an auction house and sell to the highest bidder and who knows where that primate ends up!!! Deplorable....

Tim
Tim

The pilots are primates. I hope they don't take their own decision too literally.

Jennibu84
Jennibu84

Do research before you speak. I did and I'm happy to hear about Amerijets decision! It's nice to see people out there doing something unselfish; for the betterment of something other than themselves. God Bless and keep it up!

stop animal exploitation
stop animal exploitation

Amazing that Amerijet stopped shipping the monkey. I'm so glad there are people out there that cares for animals makes me believe there are still good people out ther with compassion.

I also saw some mediocre comments like " You won't stop the big money of science" people who think like that are nothing but losers. Imagine if everyone thought like that we would still have Jews in death camps, black people enslaved and women without rights. Just because you can't do everything, means you are going to do nothing. Good for the activists we need more of you people and less of mediocres like Deedee435

nanook
nanook

Shocking that so many believe that appearing to amerijet would help their victims. We held someone accountable for their immorality without violence or law breaking and ppl respond with spineless pandering; does anyone believe in making the world a better place anymore???

Amirite
Amirite

I feel the same way as a lot of people commenting.

I do think it's great that they stopped shipping the primates and applaud the protesters for making it happen.

The question is, HOW will they get to their destination now? And even if it costs them more money to ship, all the company is going to do is charge more for shipping and the research facilities will gladly pay it.

It's still great they stopped, but it makes you wonder what their Plan B is.

Deedee435
Deedee435

I agree with who ever it was way above me; the monkeys will still be shipped. You won't stop the big money of science. Did you take away the best airline they had to do the job and resigned them to lesser caring longer trips? Ask yourself that question. Many welfare groups oppose eating meat, but in the interim still want to see them being handled humanely on way to slaughter!!!!! You have created a worse problem for the monkeys! Hope you are proud.

Perkinsman
Perkinsman

Sounds like a bunch of local, wealthy hippies looking for something to do with their free time.

Gerry Mander
Gerry Mander

But aren't those who pressured Amerijet being speciest??? After all, it still transports animals, just not primates. What gives, folks?

Williamindc
Williamindc

These people are celebrating a pirate victory. I'm a retired researcher who can assure you the primates will still reach their destination. Perhaps by charter flight or long boat but they will travel. All these people have done is succeed in causing a longer travel time for the primates. Money.....who do you think will pay the added transport costs? Certainly not the sellers-how about the American taxpayer as they pay a higher price for the primates. And you claim to care about the animals....

Josh
Josh

One must now ask how will these monkeys reach the USA? Law of supply & demand seems to indicate they will find a way. So, I must ask, did the protesters accomplish anything or will it only result in a longer journey to the USA, and thus, a more torturous journey for the monkeys.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

Everyone should thank Amerijet for their compassionate decision and the protesters for their determination.

thankful
thankful

I congratulate Amerijet for stopping the flights and the protesters for their persistence and compassion.

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