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We have received worrying reports from airline insiders that Wamos Air, partly owned by Royal Caribbean, is transporting monkeys for use in US laboratories.
Information provided by PETA indicates that Wamos Air transported 720 long-tailed macaques, slaughtered in 144 wooden shipping boxes, from Cambodia to Houston via Madrid on August 19, 2021 on flight EB974. The sensitive monkeys survived the 13.5-hour flight from Cambodia to Madrid and another 10-hour flight to Houston, plus an unknown amount of time spent waiting at the squalid farm where they were packed in crates and at the airports in Cambodia and Madrid, all sitting in their feces, urine and blood – terrified of what will happen next. After arriving in Houston at 7:17 a.m., the animals were packed into trucks and taken to their final destination: a laboratory where they would be locked up in cages, tortured and used in painful and potentially deadly experiments.
We have repeatedly asked the management of Wamos Air to reconsider our involvement in this brutal industry and to immediately stop sending monkeys to laboratories.
Royal Caribbean is a co-owner of Wamos Air and we have also asked them to accept the company’s policy against transporting monkeys in the laboratory. No ethical company should associate its name with this brutal and dirty trade, and it’s time for Royal Caribbean to stand up for animals and oppose any company that transports animals that are destined for experimentation.
Vamos Air: stop sending monkeys to the lab!
PETA, our supporters and the public have convinced nearly every major airline in the world to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, but it looks like Wamos Air is involved in the brutal trade in primates for experimentation.
Every year, thousands of monkeys are transported to the United States, where they are planted in laboratories and tortured in experiments in which they are often cut, poisoned, maimed, drug addicted, shocked and killed. These sensitive individuals are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid industrial farms. Their parents and grandparents were torn away from their families and outdoors and injured again when their babies were snatched from their hands on farms. When it’s time to head to the lab for agony and excruciating pain, the monkeys are stuffed into small wooden crates and transported in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of airplanes for as much as 30 hours. Upon arrival in the US, these sensitive monkeys wait in fear to be loaded onto trucks and transported to infamous facilities such as Covance (now part of Envigo), which reportedly bought a shipment of 720 monkeys that arrived on Friday.
Like all primates, monkeys are highly social animals that live in tight-knit groups and use vocalization, body language, and facial expressions to communicate with each other. The laboratories are deprived of all it is natural and important to them.
Please write to Wamos Air and Royal Caribbean and ask them not to send monkeys to laboratories and not participate in this brutal industry in any way. The airline and its investors should join other industry leaders in banning the supply of primates to laboratories and laboratory suppliers.
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