Animal Rights Activists Frighten Airline Into Monkey Ban

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Respect and gratitude to the monkey lovers at the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) for ensuring that humanity will enjoy the company of AIDS, blindness, and hepatitis a little while longer.

These are just three of the maladies under investigation by scientists who use nonhuman primates in their research -- a practice that ARFF apparently regards as more appalling than AIDS, blindness, and hepatitis combined. Which is why it rallied its troops last week to protest the shipping of African green monkeys to Florida by IBC Airways, sufficiently scaring the higher-ups at that company that, by Friday, they'd promised to never ship monkeys for research purposes again.
ARFF was mobilized by a tip from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which had itself received a tip that IBC was about to transport the monkeys from St. Kitts, in the lesser Antilles, to Miami, where they would be press-ganged into who-knows-what kind of experiments -- either ARFF doesn't know or doesn't want to say. If these monkeys had been conscripted to combat AIDS/hep/blindness, perhaps ARFF worries that saying so would undermine whatever sympathy one might naturally feel for their mission.

BUAV insists that performing medical tests on animals is unnecessary anyway -- that equally valid testing may be performed in cell cultures, say, or via computer modeling. Which may be true one day. It isn't true now. Otherwise, scientists would do it. Monkeys are expensive, and their use requires a scientist to plow through prohibitively huge amounts of paperwork. Nobody would use them if it weren't necessary. (Unless they really, really hated monkeys.) BUAV's arguments to the contrary sound depressingly like those of yesteryear's most ardent pro-lifers, who insisted that adult stem cells were just as good and medically useful as embryonic ones. Which they weren't. Seldom does messy reality mimic so conveniently one's vision of a friendlier world.

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Ana Campos
Ana Campos

 It's sad that I've done more research on this issue just by checking my facebook account.

Here is just one of hundreds of terrified replies IBC Airways sent out. In fact the owner, publicly said he would personally reply to every email. He's kind to animals too. Go figure.

May 12, 2011

Dear xxxxxxx, Thank you for your email. IBC had no prior knowledge of the nature of this shipment. Due to informative emails such as yours IBC has decided NOT to participate in this flight or future requests of this kind. I appreciate you affording us the opportunity to make this decision based on the facts that have been provided to us.Best Regards, Erin MelderIBC Airways

AnaCampos
AnaCampos

Brandon,

You are very welcome.

So your facebook account says you live in New York. If that's true, I'll forgive your ignorance for not following Jeff Burnside's NBC Miami headline news story just a few months ago regarding the leaked gory photos from Primate Products after they received their cargo of monkeys.

Do a little research on the subject of vivsection (live dissection of animals) before embarrassing yourself any further.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/l...

I''m pleased and impressed so far with IBC Airways. They were professional and compassionate and horrified at what they were transporting. An airline with a heart of gold.

Not just ARFF but the entire animal rights community in South Florida is a well-educated, organized group that seeks to spotlight and hold accountable all people and organizations who engage in and support animal cruelty. Thank goodness for both,

Finding a cure? That's funny. It is in the best interest of corporate America to not *find* cures because in doing so,  they would jeopardize the billions in profits every pharmaceutical giant who manufactures over-priced medications makes.

At least I've done my research and seen the photos. I suggest you do the same.

So instead of writing a knee-jerk reaction on a subject you haven't done much research on, and *yawn*,  vomiting the same old narrow-minded 1960s drivel, why don't you have a conversation with real activists or better yet - google your subject or just look at the photos.

You seem to thrive on negative-attention and quite frankly, you aren't a very good reporter.

But hey, at least you have pretty hair.

Jpeg
Jpeg

While I feel for the primate's plight, I wish you all would get as worked up over the homeless children & adults on our streets.

John Simms
John Simms

Does this mean I should no longer spank the monkey?

Kcgrady
Kcgrady

 In all the many years of experiments nothing has been "cured"...and people just keep on getting sicker. Leave the animals alone....experiment on humans if you really want an accurate measurement for your results and you really want to find a cure once and for all......or do you??

A moderate response
A moderate response

Mr. Thorpe, Thank you for this article that has tried to show the other side. Nothing is ever as black and white as many try to make it.  I am an animal lover. I think that animal testing should be, and is being, reduced. However, I also know that it is necessary if we are to find cures (and that does not happen overnight).Yes cell cultures can be used for some types of research, but these experiments can only go so far as often diseases are caused by interactions of many systems in a body, not just one type of cell. Yes computer simulations can be used, but the data on which to base the simulations had to be gleaned from live organisms. Yes researchers get money to do research, but they also get money to do research that does not involve animals...the criteria is what is the best way to solve this problem, not are animals to be used. And I hope your readers remember that other animals benefit from research as the results are also applied to veterinary medicine.

Finally, those that are truly opposed to all animal research should sign (and make available to their medical care providers) the advance animal directive found at http://www.researchsaves.org/T...

Liz
Liz

 Just today, there was an announcement from the Oregon Health & Science University that a new HIV vaccine has been successful in tests on monkeys.  This is a prime example of why primates are necessary for some tests.  Many drugs may work in models, but no one knows what will happen until they are tested in living humans or animals.  The alternative is going straight to humans, which also has great ethical problems.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

They should experiment on the head of the IMF.

Now there's a real animal.

Hmm
Hmm

You make a lot of blind assumptions in this article. Care to cite where you got your info regarding this specific shipment of monkeys being used to cure AIDs, Hep and/or blindness? I'm sorry, only respectable journalists cite their information and don't jump to rediculous conclusions. Had you done your research you would know that animal testing and experimentation is actually slowing down true medical progress and is distracting from true cures and preventable methods.

You want to know why we continue to experiment on animals? Money! You said yourself that animal experimentation is costly. That means that someone is making a ton of money off of it. That also means that the researchers are able to receive million dollar grants of tax payers to continue their work. Imagine if we found a cost effective way to get rid of disease. No more grants for the researchers, no more money going to the animal breeders or the companies manufacturing equipment used in animal research.

The status quo allows for all parties involved in research to live a life of luxury. You can expect them to give that up for improved, more humane methods just as much as you can expect the oil companies to allow clean energy to take their place.

Earthladyj
Earthladyj

using monkey for research has not done much for the medical world. I dont care, there is no excuse for animal abuse 

Lisa
Lisa

I'm confused what the monkeylovers did that was so "scary"?  You paint a picture of airline execs who are hiding under their desks, "frightened" of a little protest activity.  If they're scared of the First Amendment, they're in the wrong country.

Or, rather than fear, could it be that the airline just didn't feel as strongly about animal experimentation as this journalist apparently does?

nanook5
nanook5

Here's the SCARY SCARY e-mail I sent as part of this campaign:"IBC Airways:It has recently come to my attention that your charter service will be transporting a shipment of monkeys from the Caribbean through Miami that are destined for an animal research facility where they will likely be experimented on and tortured until they are eventually discarded.

South Florida has a passionate community of animal welfarists and activists who are firmly opposed to animal abuse, especially in the case of primate experimentation. We work hard to decrease the amount of animal abuse in the greater Miami area and therefore I kindly ask your company to reconsider your involvement in this ugly trade.  

Thanks for your time, and may your company thrive on business that does not create suffering for intelligent, emotional beings such as those in this shipment." My god, the terror I instilled! I'm not going to get into whether or not primate experimentation has ever helped anything, but the idea that stopping this shipment prevented the curing of blindness and hepatitis is pretty stupid...

Brando Freerat
Brando Freerat

Really? Because after 50 years not ONE CURE for a SINGLE THING has been found due to primate products.  Testing on animals is pseudo science, mutilating primates for profit is disgusting. Not needed, not wanted.

Guest
Guest

In laboratories across the United States, millions of animals are suffering in horrible ways—and you're paying for it. On the taxpayers' dime, animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, burned, decompressed, electrocuted, irradiated, shot, drug-addicted, and psychologically tortured.If you call it research...You can get away with Murder!From PETA 

Guest
Guest

Mooney writing under a dfferent name now?

Len
Len

(Warning: sarcasm) Researchers were THAT close to finding a cure for blindness, AIDS and hepatitis. If only last week's monkey shipment could have gone through. Researchers only needed to pump a few dozen more monkeys full of experimental drugs. How will science ever advance now?

The use of great apes (i.e, chimpanzees) has been discontinued across Europe-- not because they were useless test subjects, but because of ethical concerns. It's only a matter of time before experiments on other non-human primates are also banned. The writing is on the wall. If scientists do not adopt non-animal testing methods, society will force them to.  

Hmm
Hmm

Ever think that maybe these activists are also active in helping fellow humans as well? It's not smart to make assumptions about people you don't even know.

Jpeg
Jpeg

Spank away!

nanook5
nanook5

"other animals benefit from (animal) research," are you listening to yourself? is there a exchange rate list somewhere for that as well where 5 tortured monkies=10 saved manatees or 300 saved toucans? does it curve for animals we're driving to extinction regardless of what medicine we create?all those that are opposed to animal research should go the pro-animal research link listed and tell them to go **** themselves.

Sean
Sean

 I saw the news piece. It was about a vaccine to control SIV, the SIMIAN version, which is different from, HIV.  The HIV virus keeps mutating and evolving; this is why it's difficult to prevent.

Inflicting a different disease into a different species pretending it will help humans is precisely the type of false promise that keeps the animal labs in business and wastes time and money. 

These stories come out almost every day with no effect on humans.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

 And now all kinds of women are coming forward to announce that they, too, were physically assaulted by this CroMagnon piece of crap.  They are in addition to the women who CONSENTED to affairs with him.  I hope that he enjoys Rikers Island.  He deserves it.

Sean
Sean

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association is but one organization that engages in animal research.

I remember when I was 12 years old, hearing Jerry Lewis say "please donate, we're this close to a cure!"

He said it again last  year, when I was 56.

I get the feeling that when I'm 100 Ryan Seacrest's grandson will be saying the same thing.

monkeylovah
monkeylovah

so polio vaccines were insignificant? I'm sure all the monkeys that were used to get that right would be upset that you think so little of their contributions. And the monkey sitting beside me pressing a lever for a juice reward is sooooo abused...

Guest
Guest

You have no idea what you are talking about.  You are spewing complete lies.

nanook5
nanook5

 slightly different bias than mooney this time if you hadn't noticed

Guest
Guest

Excellent post Len...I totally agree! Ban Animal Testing!! 

Jpeg
Jpeg

True. I have been chastised.

Post 3 Mruseless
Post 3 Mruseless

 Uh, yes animals benefit from animal research. Where do you think veterinary procedures and meds are tested?

Liz
Liz

The novelty is that the CMV vector has been shown to be effective in generating immunity against this type of virus.  SIV is very similar to HIV.  Both viruses infect cells in the immune system that are normally responsible for fighting viruses.  This is why it has been so hard to get an HIV vaccine.  Demonstrating proof of principle in the monkeys provides evidence that this approach is a good candidate for testing in humans.  Perhaps further testing won't pan out, but this is how science progresses.  

Liz
Liz

 When you were 12, we had no idea what caused muscular dystrophy.  Now, we know that there are many different causes of this disease and have started to test for cures.  The original mistake was to promise a quick fix.  Although we still don't have a cure, we DO have treatments that increase longevity, and we now know what we're trying to fix.

Nicetry
Nicetry

Linking a biased source proves nothing. University of Wisconsin is profiteering from animal experimentation. Of course they are going to defend and justify it.

realmonkeylovah
realmonkeylovah

Too bad we would have had a polio vaccine sooner if animal research wasn't holding us back.

Guest
Guest

Take off your blinders....it's happening and it's horrible 

Hmm
Hmm

Imagine what we would know today if the animal research complex wasn't holding us back? It's a shame that billions of tax dollars are wasted so big pharma can line their pockets. If the industry truly cared about health, then we would be focusing on preventive methods. Disease is not necessary. It is the result of negligence. General Surgeon states that over 70% of disease is diet related. Same with most cancers.

AnaCampos
AnaCampos

Xallthatglittersx

Did you see the photos that were leaked from Primate Products?

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/l...

I think you should check out their catalog and their 'handling equipment'.

Please scroll to the page that displays the contraptions that restrains the live primate while it is being dissected. It's really nauseating and that contraption is the least of it. http://www.primateproducts.com...

By the way, I don't really believe you are a vegetarian. I'm really not seeing the point of bickering back and forth on whether a source is biased or not. Who cares. The bottom line is, there is no reason to hack open an animal while it is alive and perform cruel, outdated experiments.

How many times does eyeshadow, makeup and shampoo have to be tested on an

animal?

How do you justify the high volume of animal medical testing that is not producing cures for the 2 diseases that have very expensive medications that come with it.

AIDS and Cancer make Pharmaceutical companies ALOT of money.

It's all about money. I think you should google vivisection. Better yet, join the protest this week at primate Products and get a first whiff of the smell of rotting flesh in their dumpsters

 

Xallthatglittersx
Xallthatglittersx

nanook5- Have you been vaccinated before? Taken medication? Had procedures done in a hospital? The information is there- we owe them a lot to be alive. Some of my friends I graduated with are now working in research facilities and are very passionate about their work- carrying out their work humanely, giving the animals love, and doing their best for human and animal medicine alike. They are not criminals - they take their work extremely seriously and they are all huge animal lovers. Animal testing is not going away anytime soon until the science world has more information on alternative methods- I'm sorry but to me it sounds like computers and masses of cells are going to take a lot of work to get right to match human anatomy and physiology. This is just an assumption since I don't work in the field myself. Do you? Biomedical research is more complicated than we think it is. I do work in the biology field and know how difficult it is to get a study to be approved. Yes, they have been looking into alternatives to animal use but for now this is what we have when it comes to diseases like AIDS, Parkinson's, etc... I feel any kind of advancement is good, as it is a step closer to a cure. I completely support my view on PeTA being biased- I was a follower once upon a time (still vegetarian though) but to me and to many others, peta is biased. You say UofW is biased because the webpage lists all of the advancements in nonhuman primate use in research. I say PeTA is biased because when they talk about nonhuman primate use in research, they do not acknowledge any of these advances. It's all in who you support and what you believe. I believe PeTA's Ingrid Newkirk said it herself that they would be against animal research even if it produced a cure for AIDS.... and how many people have died from AIDS now? 

nanook5
nanook5

 xallthatglittersx, i can't help that notice that there's 0 actual successful advances listed in the 2000s. that's 11 years of useless suffering...

also you grasp of "site bias" is pretty weak, why don't you go ahead to bp's site and read all about how they've really made the gulf of mexico BETTER THAN EVER!

Xallthatglittersx
Xallthatglittersx

And peta's sources aren't biased? I am pretty sure they are. How is this site biased when it is merely listing all of the advances in medicine that have occured due to nonhuman primate use in research. Not to mention they have facts and articles to back themselves up.

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