United Airlines Pressured to Resume Shipping Animals for Research

Although United Airlines doesn’t ship animals for research, the airline now has to reconsider its stance due to a merger with Continental and pressure from the biomedical research industry.

Airlines play a major role in the international trade of thousands of non-human animals intended for research every year. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) numbers analyzed by American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), the importation of non-human primates being imported into the U.S. nearly doubled over the past decade from 10,530 animals in 1996 to 21,135 animals in 2010, while the number of imported monkeys born to wild-caught parents quadrupled from 1998-2008.

“The transportation and importation of primates for use in experimentation has drawn fire in recent years, and rightfully so. As Primates by the Numbers documents, this unsavory practice tears juvenile monkeys from their families, packs them into crates, and sends them on grueling journeys that can last for days. An estimated one percent of imported primates die each year at quarantine facilities, having suffered from conditions including bloat, pericarditis, hemorrhagic enteritis, pneumonia, dehydration, trauma, stress, pulmonary edema, rectal prolapse, and parasitic worm infestation,” according to the AAVS.

The problems surrounding the international trade of primates also goes beyond what happens to them during transportation that range from threatening wild populations to the conditions and abuse they’re subjected to at industrialized breeding facilities. The ones who survive the journey still have to endure lives as test subjects in cruel and unnecessary experiments.

United Airlines is preparing to publish a policy for the merged airline later this year and the biomedical research community is pushing hard to keep the flow of animals coming their way.


Please sign the petition asking United Airlines not to give in to pressure from the research industry and issue a policy against shipping animals for research.

For more information about airlines that do and don’t ship animals, visit the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s Cargo Cruelty campaign.

Related Stories:

Success: El-AL Airlines Will Stop Transporting Monkeys for Experimentation

Cargo Cruelty: Tell Airlines to Stop Shipping Primates for Research

Victory! Caribbean Airlines Stops Shipping Primates for Research

Photo credit: Thinkstock


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

Mark, you are 100% wrong, it's not a crime, nor is this a topic that needs you to ressurect it yet again. Tell us, Mark, do you hibernate for weeks or go into some trance-like state and then go back in Care.2 to drag up old articles about veganism and animal welfare? Sure appears that way. My comment on this topic was made some time ago. I "get it" that you are against animals used for research, but it's still not illegal to do so, nor to transport them for such purposes.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner4 years ago

Diane L. using or transporting animals for "research" is a CRIME, period, it has nothing to do with whether you're "for" or "against" it. If the airlines are involved in this crime, there is no excuse for them either. They should be bankrupted and forbidden from ever going into business again. This is not an issue you discuss.

pete M.
peter m.4 years ago

This has to stop somewhere the natives in poverty nationsd like ivory hunters will kill every last species for profit but with TSA thery can find all illegal animal transport.

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe4 years ago

Signed, we must keep the pressure on all involved.

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

(ran out of characters)......... I've met a couple in person, most I probably never will meet, so for that reason, it isn't a huge deal to me if somebody disagrees with me, nor do I care or WOULD want every member in Care.2 to agree or be my friend. If they are, fine. If not, it's not personal and I don't fret about it. People in real life disagree, that's what life is all about. How boring it would be if everyone agreed on everything! Heck, my son disagrees with me on many things, he's a danged Republican! My daughter hates anything green, including spinach and I love it. Just wanted to clear that up and good luck to you gathering as many friends as you seek.......life is short.

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

Hi, Nyack........just popped back for a second to check on "updates" and sure enough, you had one more jab to throw. "I take that to mean... you really aren't here looking for like-minded people, or friends. You are here to agrue."........please try to understand that you have every right to only participate in Care.2 to "make friends" and look for "like-minded" people. That doesn't happen to be what Care.2 is here for, nor is it a requirement or rule for membership. The site is here to provide information on "causes" and news that doesn't make FRONT PAGE on TV, while it often includes such, and allows people to share their ideas, opinions and comment on the issues. It's not meant to be a social site like "Match.com" or PWP, or AA, and while I have made many friends here, some of whom are now friends off Care.2, that was not my goal when I joined, nor is it now. I don't come here to argue, I come here to "discuss" and there is a difference. I wouldn't care if I had NO Care.2 friends, and fact is, every single one I have are because they sent me a request for friendship. I think that's great, and have turned several such "requests" down because I decided we did not have much in common. Funny thing is, many of my Care.2 friends are very different and we don't share all opinions or lifestyles, either. I've met a couple in person, most I probably never will meet, so for that reason, it isn't a huge deal to me if somebody disagrees with me, nor do I care or WOULD want eve

Carrie Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

Geez, can't even leave for one second. How is sending a friend request a joke when I never sent you any friend request in the first place? I replied to your comment about wanting anyone to be your friend because of having seen "Earthlings". It sounded like a flimsy reason to want someone to be a friend, so I said I own it, therefore can I be your friend? I already knew the answer to that, so don't flatter yourself. Let's see how many comments you can make now.......let's see, it's 3:55 A.M.my time.

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

Well, like I said, I'm TRYING to move on here. Keep copying and pasting that comment, Nyack, it won't change any. I said "You SOUND LIKE" a right-wing Teabagger..........

You might get a 2nd opinion on if someone says something looks like something or SOUNDS like something, that is the same as saying they ARE that something.

I am leaving now, so feel free to keep insulting me and/or talking to yourself here, as I won't respond to you further. I've tried, obviously in vain, to use logic with you and it seem impossible for you to comprehend. You are on some crusade here against me, and I just can't imagine how anyone with a life could devote so much energy into going after one person on an internet blog site who they will never meet and don't even know, never will. What could possibly be the motivation for such anger?

Have a good morning, Nyack, and hope you enjoy the conversation with yourself. Nite (for me it's still nite time).