Monarch Air Says It Will Stop Shipping Monkeys

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Animals rights activists are claiming victory after a local private airline, Monarch Air Group, agreed to stop shipping primates for research.

Monarch, which runs private passenger and cargo flights from its base in Fort Lauderdale, sent a letter to the animal rights group South Florida SMASH HLS yesterday announcing its decision.

"Per a recent shareholder meeting, Monarch Air Group has decided to seize [sic] the transportation of primates," said the letter signed by company President David Gitman.

"It's just not in the company's interest to be doing that anymore," said a man who answered the phone at Monarch this morning. He declined to give his name.

Activists want airlines to stop shipping animals so that local research companies such as Primate Products will not be able to import monkeys.

Amerijet, another Fort Lauderdale-based cargo shipping company, made a similar announcement in February, ending its primate shipments. Activists had targeted the company with letters, emails, phone calls, and protests outside the homes of Amerijet executives.

Monarch's decision came soon after activists began bombarding the company with similar tactics --  emails, faxes, and phone calls about shipping primates.

"Smash HLS congratulates Monarch Air Group on its compassionate decision to stop the cruel monkey flights," the group wrote on its blog. "We are so greatly pleased!!"

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6 comments
Daniel Humphries
Daniel Humphries

If you want to avoid the potential increased cost of products tested on animals then don't buy products tested on animals. All the drugs that are really important are trialled on humans anyway.

iheartprimates
iheartprimates

Primates suffer so much for the sake of fraudulent science. Thanks for covering this important story. It is always uplifting to learn that folks can make a difference in this cruel world and improve the plight of those who are unfairly wronged.

cetude
cetude

Primate research cannot be totally done away with. Companies will get the primates elsewhere and pass on the expense to consumers. This accomplished nothing.

goodnews
goodnews

Don't forget that IBC Airways also ceased transporting primates. That makes 3 airline companies, 2 being charters and 1 being a major international company (Amerijet).

nanook5
nanook5

i never know what i'm getting when BNT covers an animal rights story, Lisa, perhaps you'd be interested in doing a feature to get a fully-rounded out coverage on this topic?

nanook5
nanook5

 passing the cost onto people that experiment on primates is part of point....

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