The BUAV has welcomed a statement made by China Eastern Airlines, one of the few remaining passenger airlines to fly primates to laboratories. The statement announces the suspension of the transportation of primates for research. We shall be following up with China Eastern to clarify the suspension will become a permanent embargo and that it includes the shipment of primates to breeding facilities and laboratories in Europe and countries such as the USA.
China is the world’s largest supplier of primates for the international research industry. This announcement by China Eastern Airlines follows the recent ban on the shipment of primates by Air China.
The BUAV has worked tirelessly 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.
China Eastern now joins the BUAV's growing list of airlines to take a stance 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 last few remaining passenger airlines that have so far refused to stop this cruel business - Air France, China Southern Airlines, Philippines Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.