The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is renewing efforts for their “Cargo Cruelty” campaign after an investigation found monkeys destined for labs in the US and UK being transported on passenger airlines by Air France and Vietnam Airlines.
The BUAV released footage documenting the shipment via Air France of 120 monkeys in tiny crates all the way from Vietnam to Paris and on to Chicago, where they were picked up and delivered to Covance Research Products in Madison, Wisconsin. Another 80 monkeys were shipped from Vietnam in March to France for the Centre de Primatologie.
Vietnam Airlines brought another 80 to Belgrave Services, a primate dealer located in the UK.
Thousands of primates are transported around the world every year to meet the demand for research subjects. They’re stolen from the wild, separated from their family groups, caged, isolated, kept in the equivalent of factory farms and bred before they undergo the trauma of being shipped to a labs in cargo. The ones who don’t die during transport make their way to research facilities where they are given drugs, restrained, mutilated and intentionally made ill, among other horrors, in unnecessary and unreliable experiments.
“Passengers will be shocked to learn that monkeys, destined to suffer and die in laboratories, are imprisoned in crates inside the cargo hold on their flight, literally below their feet. The BUAV is calling on all airlines to refuse to be part of this chain of misery. We urge people to not book flights with any airline that transports monkeys destined for the research industry and let the airlines know why,” said Sarah Kite, BUAV’s Director of Special Projects.
Due to pressure, a number of airlines have stopped contributing to this cruel and dirty business, but some are still cashing in.
Send letters to the airlines who choose to ship animals for vivisection expressing your disappointment.
Sign the petition to help primates used in research in the U.S. by asking Congress to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.
To find out more about which airlines do and do not ship primates and to learn more about how to help, visit the BUAV’s Cargo Cruelty campaign.
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