After a mounting campaign, Israeli airline EL AL has once again joined the list of other popular carriers and refused to transport monkeys for medical research.
A supreme-court ruling and public pressure this week forced Israeli airline, EL AL, to stop monkey transportation. In a brief letter, translated below, to Jonathan Shpigel, a lawyer with the Israeli animal-advocacy group Let the Animals Live, Ran Rahav, spokesman for the Israeli flight carrier El Al wrote:
EL AL will not fly monkeys for reasons of experimentation. Full stop.
As reported in Haaretz, nature.com and Care2, the recent High Court of Justice ruling allows the sale of 40 monkeys bred in captivity for experiments in the United States, but bans the export of 50 monkeys born in the wild.
Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
Green monkeys were used to test the effectiveness of antibiotic Levaquin against the plague.