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BUAV welcomes new stance by Philippine Airlines on primate shipments

15/07/2013

The BUAV has welcomed a new statement made by Philippine Airlines, one of the few remaining passenger airlines to fly primates to laboratories. The statement announces: 'Philippine Airlines is not engaged in the transport of wild, endangered or threatened animals, regardless of their purpose. And this includes any and all types of primates destined for cruel research and experimentation.'

The BUAV has worked tirelessly over many years to end the international transportation of primates for the research industry. Our hard-hitting investigations and research have uncovered cruelty and suffering inflicted on primates in laboratories, and during their trapping, farming and transport. We have received the support from many other animal groups and individuals across the world. 

Philippine Airlines has recently been involved in shipping primates from Indonesia to the USA. Other airlines, such as Korean Air and Eva Air, ended their involvement in transporting primates from Indonesia following a BUAV investigation and campaign into the trade. We welcome the fact that Philippine Airlines has now taken a similar stance.  

Philippine Airlines joins the BUAV's growing list of airlines to take a stand against the cruel business of shipping primates around the world for experimentation. Other airlines include Air Canada, British Airways, United Airlines, Air China, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas, South African Airways, American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

We now urge supporters to focus efforts on the few remaining major passenger airlines that have so far refused to stop this cruel business - Air France and China Southern Airlines - by writing to the airlines and signing and sharing our petition http://bit.ly/CargoCrueltyPetition

Ending primate shipments by passenger airlines is having a major impact on the primate research industry, in particular in the USA. Transporting primates in the cargo hold on passenger airlines is the cheaper option for laboratories. Commissioning cargo carriers costs thousands of dollars more, thereby increasing the price of each individual monkey. Information leaked to the BUAV shows that the research industry, in an effort to secure regular supplies of primates from South East Asia, is trying to persuade passenger airlines to reverse their policies as well as look to contract US cargo companies to ship hundreds of monkeys at a time from countries such as China and Cambodia.