BUAV Reveals Air France Shipping Primates for Research

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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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks for caring.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Ana Passos
Ana Passos6 years ago

it´s closed.

Manel Dias
Manel Dias6 years ago

Signed the petition. I hope these Greedy evil people will eventually come to realize the Horrendous treatments they are giving to these Helpless and totally innocent creatures.
I hope that the countries which still shipping these innocent Primates to other parts of the world and their respective Governments (or their Department of Forestry) will stand up to protect these animals. This is an extremely Ruthless heartless and ugly business. Why these Morons cannot understand what if this situation would happened to themselves? How about snatch these people and cage them and keep inflicting while injecting various medicines into their bodies on daily basis . How would they feel? Would they be happy? These people who does not understand such simple theory are absulute Morons. STOP shipping these magnificient animals to any parts of the world. Try and make a decent living while doing a decent profession. Not making these innocent animals suffer for their entire life while trapped into tiny cages at the socalled research labs. What goes around comes around" Watch out when you do such evil acts towards these voiceless animals it sure will come and haunt you for the rest of your life too. How would you like Cannibals cutting and mutilating your body? Stop snatching these precious animals from their Habitats. They belong in the jungles. Don't destroy the Planet earth.

Sarah B.

Its been going on for so many years. parents and babies torn apart and they are true family members. They also have feelings! By now you would have thought that the so called intelligentsia would have found alternatives methods and in fact they have but I think they derive sadistic pleasure from torture.
Anyhow, its good to know there are good people out there and ones who care enough to sound out!

So not only do we need to boycott those airlines that transport, but keep on at the people who ask for these beautiful creatures to be transported for their so called knowledge when they already know a lot of the answers.

Antonia M.
Antonia maestre7 years ago

In one experiment, 15 rhesus monkeys were trained to get food by pulling chains. Monkeys quickly learned that one chain delivered twice as much food than the other. But then the rules changed. If a monkey pulled the chain associated with the bigger reward, another “bystander” monkey received an electric shock.
After seeing their conspecific get a shock, 10 of the monkeys switched their preferences to the chain associated with the lesser food reward. Two other monkeys stopped pulling either chain preferring to starve rather than see another monkey in pain (Masserman et al 1964). Are humans less evolved than animals? If these experiments are allowed to continue, the answer is YES.

Susan S.
Susan S7 years ago

We have to advocate for the poor monkeys who are suffering so much. Letter writing campaigns do help.

Anna Strike
Anna Strike7 years ago

poor monkeys

Anna Strike
Anna Strike7 years ago


Zee Kallah
.7 years ago

Alone we can do nothing.

Together we're going to set those primates free!