News that fifteen monkeys died during a devastating series of international flights that took place in 2008 serves as a shocking reminder of the cruelty and suffering involved in the trade and transportation of these animals to laboratories.
A Florida animal dealer is now on trial for cruelty charges. The dealer was shipping twenty five marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys, who originally came from Guyana, to a buyer in Thailand. The deaths occurred when the shipment was refused transit in China and was sent back to the USA. Appallingly, the monkeys endured a seven-day trip across thousands of miles with stops in Miami and China, and twice in Los Angeles.
The monkeys were kept for four days at Miami International Airport before being transported on a 12 to 14 hour flight from Los Angeles to Thailand via China, where the shipment was refused entry. The monkeys were left in crates on the tarmac for 39 hours in 40 degrees weather, before being sent back to Los Angeles. They suffered from neglect, starvation and hypothermia. At the end of their final trip, fourteen out of the twenty five monkeys were found dead in their crates. Another individual had to be killed.
The BUAV is renewing its plea to airlines to join the increasing number of airlines that have made the decision to implement a ban on the transport of primates for laboratories, and to stop their involvement in this cruelty. Please support this campaign by writing to those airlines that still transport primates for research.