Air Transport of Laboratory Animals Is Humane and Essential

September 08, 2014

Research institutions and scientists around the world are dependent upon the domestic and international shipment of laboratory animals to develop treatments for disease and to understand the fundamental processes of life. Nearly every major medical advance in recent history has involved animal research, and it remains a critical component in preventing, treating, and curing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, infectious diseases, lupus, cancer, and many more.

Scientists require the most appropriate animal model for studying a particular disease or condition. Shipment of these animals by air carrier allows for them to be available where and when they are required and is the most humane method of transport over long distances. Numerous regulations and guidelines are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the animals during shipment. 

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recognizes the critical role of air transport companies in advancing both human and animal health. We commend the efforts of companies that provide safe, humane, and reliable transport of laboratory animals and urge other carriers to reconsider their policies prohibiting the shipment of animals for research purposes.

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