Scientists speak out against activists’ pressure preventing animal imports

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2094
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Scientists have spoken out against the decision by UK ferry companies and airlines to stop transporting animals for research after pressure from animal rights activists.

Since 2005 anti-vivisectionists have been targeting airlines, ferry, and freight companies that transport animals for research. Recently the “Gateway to Hell” name has been revived, which has included demonstrations, throwing paint in airports, and Facebook and email campaigns.

An investigation by the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 highlighted the fact that after the pressure all ferry companies and all but two airlines have stopped importing animals destined for research laboratories. The last ferry company, Stena, stopped transporting animals in January. As a result of the ongoing campaign animals often have to be flown …

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