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    Breaking News Amerijet Says It Will Stop Shipping Monkeys By Michael J. Mooney, Mon., Feb. 14 2011 @ 3:28PM ‚ÄčAmerijet, the Fort Lauderdale-based cargo
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      Breaking News
      Amerijet Says It Will Stop Shipping Monkeys

      By Michael J. Mooney,
      Mon., Feb. 14 2011 @ 3:28PM
      the Fort Lauderdale-based cargo shipping company, will cease
      transporting primates, according to a letter printed on Amerijet
      letterhead, addressed to the president of the Animal Rights Foundation
      of Florida. For months, local animal rights activists have targeted the company,
      writing letters, calling the company, and protesting both the Fort
      Lauderdale offices and the homes of several company executives.

      The company had stood firm in their position. Just last month, Amerijet CEO David Bassett wrote a letter explaining why the company would not stop shipping primates.

      Today, ARFF received a one-sentence letter from Bassett, addressed to Nanci Alexander (who also owns Sublime, a gourmet vegetarian restaurant on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale).

      The letter, apparently signed by Bassett, states:

      letter on behalf of Amerijet International, Inc. is intended to confirm
      that, as stated on our website, Amerijet has ceased transporting
      primates for any and all purposes."

      The company has not confirmed
      that the letter is authentic, nor is there proof yet that the primate
      shipping has, in fact, ceased, but Amerijet's web site has been updated
      to include the statement: "Amerijet does not ship primates."

      Amerijet.comA screenshot of the company web site, which now indicates that Amerijet will not ship primates.‚ÄčLocal
      activists are claiming victory and celebrating. "We're delighted that
      Amerijet has decided to end this cruel practice," said Don Anthony, ARFF
      communications director. He said he didn't want to speculate about the
      company's reasons for changing policy, but he pointed out that Amerijet
      was one of the few airlines that continued to transport primates for
      research purposes. He added, "Maybe they wanted to join the large number
      of other airlines and companies who've decided that this is not how
      they want to do business."

      The group, South Florida Smash HLS,
      which organized most of the demonstrations against Amerijet, recently
      encouraged supporters to send a number of Valentine's to Bassett, and to
      email and call his wife.

      Protesters have long claimed that if
      Ameriet stopped shipping monkeys, research facilities like the South
      Florida-based Primate Products would not be able to import animals.


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