Kenya Airlines stops transporting monkeys for research

Animal rights activists have urged companies to stop testing on animals for decades, but the practice continues to this day.

One win for activists and animals, however, is that an airline that has been transporting monkeys to the US for experiments will no longer be transporting them. Kenya Airways was hired by a freight forwarder to transport live monkeys from the island of Mauritius to New York, where they were then shipped to Florida to be used in cruel and painful experiments.

However, before the monkeys reached their destination, they were involved in a crash in Pennsylvania. Three of them escaped and posed a serious health threat to local wildlife before being found and shot.

After the incident, PETA contacted Kenya Airways CEO Allan Kilavuka and Chairman Michael Joseph, urging them to reconsider transporting monkeys used in research. According to PETA in a press release, just 24 hours after being contacted, the company confirmed that it would no longer be involved in the cruel trade.

“In his email to PETA last night, Joseph wrote: ‘[T]The current contract to transport the macaques (captive bred for export) will not be renewed when it expires at the end of February,” PETA said.

According to ABC News, an estimated 27,000 primates were imported into the United States between October 30, 2019 and September 30, 2020. Activist groups have long tried to discourage airlines from participating in unnecessary animal testing by stopping transporting the animals, and many have agreed to stop.

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