In DepthANIMAL RESEARCH

Airlines fight effort to force them to carry lab animals

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Science  05 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6410, pp. 15
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6410.15

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A last-ditch attempt by biomedical science advocates to force airlines to transport nonhuman primates and other research animals appears to be facing stiff headwinds. Last week, four international carriers strongly urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to summarily reject a plea from a leading research advocacy organization—the National Association for Biomedical Research in Washington, D.C.—to order the airlines to resume flying animals to research facilities around the world. The request is "misguided," "far-fetched," and contrary to laws that allow airlines to decide what kinds of cargo they will carry, the companies argued. DOT has not said how it will respond.