Company To Longer Transport Lab Animals After Lab Monkey Crash

( The airline responsible for a shipment of lab monkeys who later escaped in a car accident in Pennsylvania has confirmed that it will not be renewing its contract with the shipper responsible for it.

Allan Kilavuka, the CEO of Kenya Airways, sent a statement to The Associated Press confirming that the airline was ending its contract with the shipper, which has been left unnamed. The contract expires this month.

On January 21, a pickup truck that was transporting 100 cynomolgus macaque monkeys for use in a lab crashed while driving through Pennsylvania. The vehicle was transporting the monkeys, which came from Mauritius, to a Centers for Disease Control-approved quarantine facility in Florida. The monkeys were thrown onto the road, four of which escaped.

By January 22, thankfully, all monkeys had been accounted for. It means there are no monkeys on the loose in Pennsylvania. However, three of the monkeys suffered injuries from the crash and were euthanized.

While helping people who were involved in the crash, one woman was reportedly bitten by one of the monkeys and was subsequently given a rabies shot.

Not only did the story go viral for the comedy factor, but it attracted the attention of Animal Rights extremists PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – who called on the United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to investigate shipments of these monkeys. The organization said that the animals could carry infectious diseases and would therefore violate regulations relating to the transportation of hazardous materials.

PETA’s objection was obviously not because they’re concerned about breaking these regulations, of course – it’s because PETA doesn’t believe in testing on animals.

Regardless, though, it looks like they got their wish…at least for now.