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Air Canada Grounds Experiment Bound Primate Flights

 
Animal Advocates Praise Air Canada for Refusing to Ship Primates for Research
by CCAARE & Stop UBC Animal Research
Vancouver, BC Today, more than 40 animal advocacy organizations across Canada praised Air Canada for its recent decision to stop shipping non-human primates into the country for use in research laboratories.
 
The coalition – the Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation (CCAARE) which includes the Calgary Animal Rights Effort, Stop Animal Testing at Dalhousie University, and Stop UBC Animal Research among many others – also urged the Canadian Transportation Agency to approve Air Canada's new policy.
 
Airlines in Canada must obtain approval from the CTA to revise their shipping guidelines. Unfortunately, the CTA is requiring Air Canada to continue shipping primates to laboratories while it considers the issue. 

"We applaud Air Canada for wanting to get out of the monkey business," said Brian Vincent, Coordinator of the CCAARE and Director of Stop UBC Animal Research. "We urge the Canadian Transportation Agency to immediately approve Air Canada's new, compassionate policy."
 
 
Coalition urges Canadian Transportation Agency to revise shipping guidelines to approve Air Canada's new, compassionate policy

Last year, Air Canada came under international criticism after news that four dozen monkeys from breeding farms in China had been shipped to Quebec in cramped wooden crates. Now the airlines, one of only two major North American carriers that still flies primates to laboratories, wants out of the gruesome primate trade. Air Canada recently stated: "[i]t was a decision taken both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern."

Other groups from across the globe are also calling on the CTA to approve Air Canada's "no primate" policy. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which has led the campaign to end the international transportation by airlines of primates destined for research and which broke the story about Air Canada last year, and Change.org have launched an online petition. And the world's largest animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has mobilized its members to contact the Canadian agency.

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 19, 2012
 
CONTACT:

Brian Vincent, Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation and Stop UBC Animal Research, 604-618-1030; 604-551-3324

CCAARE MEMBERS:

Action for the Protection of Northern Animals * Action for UVic Rabbits * Animal Advocates Society of BC * Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada * Animal Alliance of Canada * Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC * Animal Liberties * Animal Voices Vancouver * ARK II – The Animal Rights Kollective * Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals * Calgary Animal Rights Effort * CALM Action * Campaign to Stop Animal Experimentation at University of Toronto * Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals * Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society * Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform * Carried Through Animal Rescue and Education  * Coalition For No Whales In Captivity * Fauna Foundation * Frogs Are Cool * International Network for Humane Education * International Year of the Tiger Foundation * Katie's Place Animal Shelter * Kwantlen Polytechnic University Animal Rights Collective * Liberation BC * Ottawa Animal Defense League * Pacific Animal Foundation * Rabbit Advocacy Group of BC * Real Men Are Kind To Animals * Sikh Humane Society * Stop Animal Exploitation Now * Stop Animal Testing at Dalhousie University * Stop UBC Animal Research * Student Animal Legal Defence Fund – University of Toronto * Student Animal Legal Defense Fund – McGill * The Missy Foundation * TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society) * UBC Veggie Club * Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns * Vegan Club of Ryerson University *



Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/  
 
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