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Chicago Monkey Expedition Sparks Federal Government Complaints, Public Health Concerns

A total of 720 long-tailed macaques, also known as primate monkeys, traveled on a flight this month from Cambodia to Chicago on China-headquartered Hainan Airlines, then transferred to South Texas , a trip that PETA executives say violated federal animal welfare law. Act (AWA), resulting in possible public health concerns.

Here’s why.

Documents support PETA’s claim that Hainan Airlines does not have a valid carrier registration with the USDA and that it was canceled in May. PETA’s chief science adviser, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, is concerned about the failure to follow basic protocols. In addition to taking care of the welfare of the species, it is also a serious public health problem, she explained in an interview.

“Monkeys brought to the United States from farms in Asia endure terrifying and grueling journeys and can harbor everything from Ebola to malaria,” says Jones-Engel. “If Hainan Airlines can’t be bothered to do the minimum check-in as required and Envigo doesn’t make sure their carrier is legitimate, we need to ask them if they’re following the required protocols for security. public.”

Envigo was the final destination for 720 Monkeys, a research-based pharmaceutical company in Alice, Texas. The South Texas Plant and Location of Envigo in Virginia have been cited for poor practices in the past.

PETA sued with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, calling for an urgent investigation.

Hainan Airlines is one of the last airlines still shipping monkeys to labs, PETA said, adding that in January Kenya Airways ended shipments, Air France followed suit in June after a campaign of a decade with PETA and EGYPTAIR stopped shipping earlier this month following the global crisis. protests.

Hainan Airlines and Envigo have been contacted for comment with no response as of August 24.