FASEB ENCOURAGES LARGEST U.S. CARGO CARRIERS TO CONTINUE TO TRANSPORT LAB ANIMALS Created by on 11/19/2012
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) encouraged the United Parcel Service (UPS) and the FedEx Corporation to reconsider its policies banning the transport of live animals for research purposes. In letters to the Chief Executive Officers of both organizations, FASEB President Judith S. Bond, PhD expressed concern because thousands of research institutions and scientists around the world are dependent upon the humane shipment of animals. “The inability of scientists to access research animals could substantially impair their capacity to develop new medicines and treatments for many diseases that affect both humans and animals,” Bond stated. FASEB emphasized the crucial role that animal models play in biomedical research, highlighted that extensive regulations ensure the humane use of animals in research, and urged both organizations to revisit their research animal transport policies.
In related news, FASEB sent a letter and issued a press release
expressing thanks to Air India for withdrawing its ban on transporting animals for research purposes. Air India had initially ordered cargo managers not to accept live animals for research purposes but has since withdrawn that prohibition. FASEB’s letters to Air India, FedEX, and UPS are available here