Something many people might not consider when booking a flight is what, or really who, is packed into crates in the cargo hold of the plane they’re traveling on. Unfortunately, some airlines are still supporting cruelty by shipping primates for the research industry.
As part of its Cargo Cruelty campaign, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has just released a new video to raise awareness about these unseen passengers and to urge people to check and see if the airline they plan on using ships primates for research before making travel arrangements.
Due to pressure, some airlines have changed their policies. Most recently, American Airlines has joined the list of airlines that refuse to ship primates for research after working with the BUAV.
According to the BUAV:
Airlines play a key role in the international trade in primates for research by transporting monkeys from supply facilities in countries such as Mauritius, Vietnam, St Kitts, China and Cambodia, for laboratories around the world.
Cruelty and suffering are an intrinsic part of the trade. Some monkeys are taken from the wild; others are the offspring of wild-caught individuals forced into captivity for a lifetime of breeding. All are torn from their family groups, packed into small, wooden crates and shipped as cargo, usually on extremely long journeys for laboratories in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan.
To find a list of airlines that do and don’t ship primates, visit the Cargo Cruelty campaign.
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