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Primate Cargo Cruelty

Primate Cargo Cruelty

Campaign: Support the BUAV’s new international campaign to stop airlines transporting primates destined for research.

A BUAV investigation has obtained secret film and other evidence of monkeys shipped around the world by major passenger airlines. We can reveal shipments of monkeys transported by Air France to Covance in the USA and Centre de Primatologie in France and by Vietnam Airlines for Belgrave Services, a primate dealer in the UK. Other major passenger airlines to play a role in the brutal trade in primates for research include Air Canada which ships monkeys from countries such as China to laboratories in Canada and both China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, which fly monkeys to the USA.

Monkeys shipped by Air France to the USA for research in May 2011.

Every year tens of thousands of primates are transported by air around the world for the international research industry. These monkeys originate from countries such as Mauritius, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Tanzania and Barbados. Some are trapped in the wild while others are bred in captivity usually in large-scale facilities. They are ripped from their family groups, packed into small wooden crates and travel as cargo, predominantly on passenger air flights, on extremely long journeys to research laboratories around the world.

Take action now and help end this suffering!

The BUAV has led the international campaign to end these shipments of misery. Over the years, our efforts have moved many airlines to dissociate themselves from this cruel trade. Airlines that do not transport primates include American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines, Eva Air, Qatar Airways and China Airlines. However, a small number of passenger airlines including Air France continue to be involved in this ugly business. 

Ricky Gervais supports BUAV monkey campaign

Ricky Gervais supports our Cargo Cruelty campaign:

“I was shocked to learn that some airlines transport monkeys to laboratories around the world. I support the BUAV’s Cargo Cruelty campaign and urge these airlines to take a compassionate stance and say no to monkey shipments.” - Ricky Gervais

Please help our campaign to end these cruel shipments!


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Suggested text for email

I am writing in support of the BUAV Cargo Cruelty campaign.
I was shocked to learn that your airline is involved in the transportation of monkeys to laboratories. It is unacceptable that these sensitive animals, ripped from their families and homes, are then subjected to the stress of being packed into small crates and shipped as cargo on your airline to end up in laboratories where they will suffer in experiments.

I urge you to join the increasing number of airlines that have made the decision to stop their involvement in this cruelty. Until you do, I will not be flying with your airline.

Air France addresses 

USA (Chicago)
Telephone +1  773 686 8175 or + 1 800 556 9000

Telephone: +33 1 41 56 78 00

Telephone: 44 (0)844 8589 007