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Air Canada Under Fire for Shipping Lab Monkeys

April Truitt February 01, 2011

The arrival of 48 monkeys on a flight from China this weekend has brought Air Canada under fire for shipping primates destined for research laboratories, but the airline says it is obliged by federal law to accept monkeys as cargo.

Air Canada is one of a small number of airlines that continues to transport these primates. Under pressure from animal rights groups and the public, many airlines have banned the practice. British Airways, for example, has a policy of “not carrying live animals that are for use in any laboratory, or for experimentation or exploitation,” according to media liaison manager Sophie Greenyer.

Read more at TheStar.com and Change.org

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