Two Endangered Tamarins Die on Continental Cargo Flight
  • Petitioning Scott O'Leary

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Continental Cargo
Scott O'Leary
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA-APHIS-AC DIRECTOR
Director, Western Region USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
Robert Gibbens, DVM, RE Complaint #Number W12-155
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=DOT-OST-2010-0211-0008
Department of Transportation/ regulations.gov
Continental Cargo "Pet Safe"
Project Manager
Continental Cargo
Continental Cargo "Pet Safe" Program Director
Continental Cargo
Jeffery Smisek

Two Endangered Tamarins Die on Continental Cargo Flight

    1. Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
    2. Petition by

      Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.

      Haiku, HI

Two Cotton top tamarins, a critically endangered species protected by federal law, were sent to Pacific Primate Sanctuary using Continental’s “Pet Safe” Program from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Cleveland to Honolulu via Los Angeles, on 2/27/12. They were both dead when they arrived. The receiving agent at Animal Quarantine in Honolulu reported that the tamarins were face down, stiff and cold, as if they had been dead for some time. There was a small amount of blood coming out of both of their mouths.

The research professor at NEOMED told Continental Air Cargo: “Prior to departure, the animals were certified healthy by a licensed veterinarian, were provided with food and water ad libitum until 2.5 hours prior to leaving CLE, and were provided with adequate sustenance, including moist fruits, in their kennel during transport.“

Since the tamarins were healthy when they left Cleveland, and were seen moving by the runner at the Los Angeles Continental QuickPak station, we believe the only explanation for both of their deaths must lie with Continental Air Cargo, induced by mishandling, decompression and/or hypothermia, on the flight from LA to Maui.

Veterinarians have indicated that since both animals were affected and they were in the cargo hold of an airplane, and the changes indicated in the pathology report can be seen with rapid decompression injury. It seems the odds of a simultaneous death due to other reasons in these circumstances would be unlikely.

I imagine Continental Cargo has examined the flight record and would know if there was an incident of some sort on Monday, February 27, 2012, from Cleveland to Honolulu via Los Angeles (Flight 1245 from CLE to LAX and Flight 1562 from LAX to HNL). Specifically, was there fluctuation in the pressure of the cargo hold and where were the Cotton top tamarins situated during the flights.

We have repeatedly requested copies of the flight logs and all information about the handling of the primates throughout the trip from Continental “Pet Safe” program, without any response. We received conflicting reports about the presence of other animals on the flight from LA to Honolulu on 2/27. We have asked Continental Cargo to clarify if other animals were on the flight, where they were located on the plane, and what their condition was upon arrival in Honolulu and have not received any information.

If these two animals died because of negligence or problems with pressure or temperature control during the flight, we would expect the Continental Air Cargo “Pet Safe" manager, to contact us, be honest in disclosure, take responsibility, and make whatever changes and improvements are necessary to prevent such tragedies from happening again. We owe at least that much to these tamarins who spent their entire lives in research laboratories and were finally en-route to our sanctuary in Hawaii. 

 

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Please help amend DOT rules. Public Comment Deadline 8/27/12!

      Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
      Petition Organizer

      AUGUST 27, 2012 is the LAST DAY TO SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEMANDING THAT AIRLINES MUST REPORT ALL INJURIES AND DEATHS OF ALL ANIMALS AND CORRECT THE CONDITIONS WHICH RESULT IN SUCH INJURIES AND DEATHS.

      PLEASE MAKE AIRLINE COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE AND CREATE NEW FEDERAL REGULATIONS WHICH HELP TO PROTECT ALL BEINGS NOW! http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=DOT-OST-2010-0211-0008

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. DOT is amending rules RE incidents involving Animals during air transport

      Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
      Petition Organizer

      The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its existing rule regarding the reporting of incidents involving animals during air transport… to expand the definition of “animal” to include only all dogs and cats.

      The deaths of two critically endangered nonhuman primates, being transported by Continental Cargo, and similar tragedies involving transporting nondomestic species, indicate the absolute necessity:
      “that the definition of 'animal' should be expanded further to include not only dogs and cats in commercial shipments but all species of animals in commercial air transportation.”

      Public comments can be sent to the government’s website for receiving public input on new rules. Please submit your comments by August 20, 2012, indicating that: changes have to be made to the proposed rule involving animals during air transport to include ALL ANIMALS.

      We can change federal regulations! The comment form for the proposed rule is at regulations.gov

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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      • 8 days ago

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    • Wahl Emilie SAINT-MARCEL-D'ARDèCHE, FRANCE
      • 3 months ago

      protect primate

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    • Dottie Nykaza KIHEI, HI
      • 8 months ago

      It is inhuman to treat any living creature that way.

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      • 8 months ago

      It is only right for Continental Airlines to address what happened to these animals. This was a MOST unfortunate

      accident and the airlines must be held accountable.

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    • Sharon Strother KIHEI, HI
      • 11 months ago

      Having pets that have ridden in the cargo area of planes I am horrified something like this can happen. I think Continental needs to do everything they can to assure people this will never happen again. You cannot call your pet flying program "pet safe" if animals are dying on it. Sharon Strother

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