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.

Billy134
Billy134

Amirite, obviously Plan B will be the same plan used with Amerijet. If it worked with an international airline, it will work with any other transporter.

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.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

you can try to negate this victory for the animals as much as you want. The bottom line is that this will make it harder for Primate Products and Worldwide Primates to acquire primates.

Do you really think the primates flew comfortably on the Amerijet planes? They were crammed into cargo boxes with little oxygen. Many of them died before they even made it to America.

This is one battle won in the war against vivisection. Change happens slowly over time, not over night. One step closer!

JC
JC

"Do you really think the primates flew comfortably on the Amerijet planes? They were crammed into cargo boxes with little oxygen. Many of them died before they even made it to America."

That is a lie, and you know it.

Enjoy your little victory, people are only just beginning to wake up to the threat you people pose to medical research, and when they do they will make sure that you don't threaten it anymore.

Just look at the situation in the UK, AR activists used to laugh as they celebrated their "victories" there a few years ago. They are not laughing any more! Those AR extremists that are not in jail for their criminal activities are coming to terms with the fact that the vast majority of the public hold them in utter contempt, while thanks to organizations such as Understanding Animal Research and Pro-Test support for animal research is at its highest level in decades.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

JB, please tell me what law these protestors have broken? What did they do that is illegal exactly? Maybe you should have thought about that before labeling them as criminals.

The bottom line is that the police would have stepped in if they were breaking the law. The truth is that they were exercising their constitutional right.

Vivisection is the real lie. Vivisection is what is holding back the medical world. People are sicker than ever, and diseases are affecting more and more people each generation. Yet millions of tax dollars are being spent on torturing animals, and for what? The CDC claims that over 70% of disease is diet related. So wouldn't it be easier to spend money on creating healthier food? Oh, but then the "researchers" would miss out on their gravy train if people realized that a strong immune system will trump any drug big pharma tries to sell us next.

Perkinsman
Perkinsman

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

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

Oh yes, because you know each individual and their income? I'll have you know that they are not "wealthy hippies". Do you even realize how ignorant you sound?

ByeByeSociety
ByeByeSociety

So the moral of the story is that if you can't achieve your aims through legitimate means, try a little harassment and intimidation.

The animal rights mob are no better than anti-abortion nuts.

What a wonderful society we live in today, caught between the extremists of left and right!

Mariela327
Mariela327

animal right activists are trying to stop people from exploiting animals, have you ever seen how animals are tortured in the most sadistic ways? or you just don't care about that? Watch the Earthlings, watch videos of how animal in labs are being treated and killed. The society is full of people who think animals are things or objects and they can do whatever they want to them. Do you think that is ok? Should we just stay home and cry about it? Hell no

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

The moral of the story is that people are not afraid to stand up to atrocities in our society. I suppose our society is better off wasting tax money so innocent beings can be tortured and tormented in a lab?

I suppose that anyone that fights for a cause is just a "mob" or an "extremist".

And keep your left/right politics out of this. This has nothing to do with politics. Just keep watching your Fox news or your MSNBC and don't comment on issues you no nothing about.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

JB, nobody threatened anyone. All the protestors did was express their grievances in public spaces. This is a right that is protected by our constitution. If a threat was made, the police certainly would have taken action. They sure did monitor each and every protest closely with surveillance equipment.

Way to skew someone's 1st amendment right as criminal activity.

JB
JB

"I suppose that anyone that fights for a cause is just a "mob" or an "extremist".

They certainly are when they resort to threatening and harassing the families of those who they are targeting.

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?

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

Way to distort things Gerry. You obviously cannot win every battle in one day. One step at a time.

Gerry Mander
Gerry Mander

How is that distortion, Thankfulaswell?

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

You are claiming the protesters are speciest because they campaigned for Amerijet to stop transporting primates and not other animals. You fail to recognize the reason they focused on primates. This was part of a larger campaign to stop companies like Primate Products and Worldwide Primates from selling primates to labs and vivisectors.

Your argument could be applied to any cause. For example, you could use your argument to say that someone that runs a support group for abused women is sexist.

Besides, these protesters are also involved in other campaigns to help other species, not just primates.

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....

Veganron
Veganron

William, the only thing "researchers" like you care about is how much money you can steal from the taxpayers for your fraudulent experiments. Thank you for confirming what we are trying to convey. There is an unholy alliance of corporations and incompetent scientists profiting from a taxpayer funded gravy train with innocent, sentient beings cruelly and cynically sacrificed for trivial and repetitive results. There are far cheaper and more effective research modalities available. Even if that were not the case, it is morally indefensible for us to destroy the lives of our feeling, non-human cousins. We speak for your poor voiceless victims and we will never stop fighting for them and for what is right.

WilliaminDC
WilliaminDC

Did you see anywhere in my post that I did research using animals? I did not use animals in my research since 1985. There are many wonderful scientists who do not use animals in research. I was in the "research circle" though and can tell you the monkeys will reach the lab anyway. It will only take longer and cost more. If you managed to stop the import into America, then you will achieve something. Until then, the only thing you are achieving is causing more suffering to the monkeys! If you want to feel otherwise, then go ahead if that makes you feel better. There is no doubt about it, your action will cause the animals to endure more miserable transport conditions.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

Williamindc, this is obviously not the end of the campaign against vivisection. Nobody ever claimed that primates would no longer be shipped into the US or vivisection would cease to exist. What is being celebrated is the fact that no more US airlines will be transporting primates for the industry. This will surely hurt the business of Primate Products and Worldwide Primates. All the methods of transportation will cost more and are less efficient. I'm sure the protesters will put pressure on whomever decides to pick up where Amerijet left off.

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.

Veganron
Veganron

Josh, any company that transports monkeys will be challenged as vigorously as was Amerijet. If they transport from the same locales, the journey will be the same. If they transport from somewhere else, at least the primates presently at risk will be safe and Primate Products will have to pay more to pursue their heinous activities. This campaign will give pause to others contemplating entering this evil business.

Josh, you are engaging in mental masturbation. As one of the protesters, I am delighted with this victory. But it is only a battle in a long war, with multiple fronts, which we are determined to win. Our ranks are growing and morality and decency will ultimately prevail.

Thankfulaswell
Thankfulaswell

Josh, Amerijet was the last American airline transporting primates. Worldwide Primates knew the possibility of losing Amerijet as their transporter and contacted other major airlines. Guess what? They were turned down by everyone. So yes, the protesters accomplished a critical victory for the anti-vivisection movement by cutting off the supply of the primates. Even if they find another way to transport the primates, it will be much more costly and inefficient without the help of a major airline. The bottom line is that this will cost the primate traders a ton of money and give them less of a reason to continue in their business.

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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