As part of its Cargo Cruelty campaign, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has been working to raise awareness about the unseen passengers who travel on flights in cargo destined for research labs around the world.
Most recently, and successfully, the BUAV has been working with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) to urge Caribbean Airlines to stop supporting this cruel trade. The airline has just been added to the growing list of airlines who refuse to ship primates for research and has updated it’s policy stating on its website, in bold, that “Caribbean Airlines will not accept primates used for laboratory research experimentation and exploitation purposes.”
Caribbean Airlines regularly transported monkeys from Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis who had been taken from their homes and families in the wild and exported for experimentation in biomedical research or for breeding programs.
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.
“We want to thank all our supporters who have taken the time to contact Caribbean Airlines, and the airline itself for making the right decision and ceasing involvement in the cruel trade in primates for research. The BUAV will continue its campaign to push for ALL airlines to prohibit the carriage of primates for this purpose,” said Michelle Thew, BUAV’s Chief Executive.
If you haven’t done so already, please sign the petition below urging the few airlines who still transport primates for research to change their policy.
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