When Air Canada was unaware of their legal authority to stop shipping non-human primates destined for research and experimentation, Animal Justice Canada provided Air Canada with a legal analysis outlining how Air Canada could cease shipping animals for research and experimentation in compliance with the applicable legislation and regulations. A copy of the legal opinion can be read HERE.
As a result of Animal Justice’s guidance and the efforts of other animal advocates, Air Canada amended its tariff to cease shipping animals destined for research and experimentation in November 2011.
Challenging the amended tariff, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Queen’s University filed a complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), alleging that Air Canada had no legal authority to stop transporting non-human primates for research purposes.
In a decision released on December 20, 2012, available for download HERE, the CTA dismissed the complaints, finding that Air Canada’s reasonable business decision was well within their legal authority.
Air Canada is now part of the growing list of major airlines that refuse to ship animals destined for cruel research and experimentation, including British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Air Lines, Eva Air, and China Airlines.