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FedEx, UPS to restrict shipping of research animals

Responding to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), international shipping companies FedEx and UPS announced restrictions on the shipping of animals for laboratory research, including a full ban on research mammals. 

A Scientific American article called the restrictions "largely symbolic" as many researchers already use private transporters trained in animal care. However, a recent article in Nature highlighted the possible impacts on animal breeders and biomedical researchers, suggesting that companies and researchers engaging in animal research may relocate to countries with fewer restrictions.

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