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Update: November 22, 2021
Following disturbing reports that monkeys who were cruelly shipped on a Wamos Air flight from Cambodia to Houston (see details below) died en route, PETA is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke the company’s license to transport monkeys. The monkeys—who must have suffered terribly—were slated to be tormented by contract laboratory Envigo, infamous for its horrific treatment of the animals it imprisons. Neither Envigo nor Wamos Air can be trusted to handle animals properly, and they shouldn’t be allowed to get their profit-seeking hands on them.
Update: November 16, 2021
Alert! Wamos Air aircraft A332 landed in Houston yesterday, and we’ve received reports that there were 720 monkeys destined for experimentation aboard, packed into cramped wooden shipping crates.
We’ve confirmed that the aircraft departed Cambodia on November 14 and, after a hellish nine-hour flight, made a six-hour stop in Tbilisi, Georgia, including a three-hour delay. The monkeys who were reportedly aboard this aircraft endured another 14.5-hour flight to Houston, where they were offloaded like inanimate cargo, packed into trucks, and driven countless miles to laboratories. Please immediately take action below to help stop this practice and save
We’ve received disturbing reports from airline insiders that Wamos Air, which is owned in part by Royal Caribbean, is transporting monkeys for use in U.S. laboratories.
Information given to PETA indicates that Wamos Air transported 720 long-tailed macaques, crammed into 144 wooden shipping crates, from Cambodia to Houston, via Madrid, on August 19 on Flight EB974. The sensitive monkeys reportedly endured a 13.5-hour flight from Cambodia to Madrid and another 10-hour flight to Houston, plus an unknown amount of time spent waiting on the squalid farm where they were packed into crates and at the airports in Cambodia and Madrid, all while sitting in their own feces, urine, and blood—terrified of what they might have to endure next. After arriving in Houston at 7:17 a.m., the animals would be packed into trucks and taken to their final destination: a laboratory where they’d be used for experimentation, facing torment and pain.
We contacted Wamos Air’s executive team multiple times to ask them to reconsider their involvement in this cruel industry and stop shipping monkeys to laboratories immediately.
Royal Caribbean is a part owner of Wamos Air, and we’ve asked it to adopt a companywide policy against transporting monkeys to laboratories as well. No ethical company should want its name tied to this cruel and sordid trade, and it’s time for Royal Caribbean to speak out for animals and stand up against any company transporting animals destined for experimentation.
Wamos Air: Stop Sending Monkeys to Laboratories!
PETA, our supporters, and the public have persuaded nearly every major airline in the world to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, yet it appears that Wamos Air is involved in the cruel trade in primates for experimentation.
Every year, thousands of monkeys are transported to the U.S. to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments in which they’re often cut open, poisoned, crippled, addicted to drugs, shocked, and killed. These sensitive individuals are bred in captivity on squalid factory farms. Their parents and grandparents were torn away from their families and homes in nature and traumatized again when their babies were snatched away from them on the breeding farms. When it’s time to be shipped off to endure certain torment and excruciating pain in a laboratory, the monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes for as long as 30 hours. Once they arrive in the U.S., these sensitive monkeys wait in fear until they’re loaded into trucks and transported to infamous facilities like Covance (now part of Envigo), which reportedly bought the shipment of 720 monkeys that arrived on Friday.
Like all other primates, monkeys are highly social animals who live in tight-knit groups and use vocalizations, body language, and facial expressions to communicate with each other. In laboratories, they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.
Please write to Wamos Air and Royal Caribbean and ask them not to send monkeys to laboratories or be involved in this cruel industry in any other way. The airline and its investors should join other industry leaders in prohibiting shipments of primates destined for laboratories and laboratory suppliers.
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