Cargo Cruelty: Tell Airlines to Stop Shipping Primates for Research


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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William C
William C4 months ago


W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thank you for caring.

Michelle Lacombe
Michelle Lacombe4 years ago

Boy, Let me tell ya!! This makes me physically sick!! Were in the hell is customs?? I thought thought those clowns were to inspect every damn thing.No wonder why there is an increase on terrorist attacks here. It's so easy to get shit in here.Other countries think were stupid and I can understand why.This is pathetic!! I'm feel outraged that this shit is going on. I'm embarrassed and ashamed of this country to allow this horrific cruelty. Yeah, you people are here to serve and protect.. My Ass You Are!!!

Ana Passos
Ana Passos5 years ago


Manel Dias
Manel Dias5 years ago

China and Vietnam has become the biggest evils and culprits for ILLICIT TRADES and due to this reason various innocent and beautiful animals are being brutally murdered or captured from jungles. It is clear that they have refused to attend the International Organizations that Deals with ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING. These people are not the straight thinking and right minded human beings. Protecting wild life is protecting the mother earth for all the people on this planet. It is everyones responsibility. Please Air France, and other Air lines still do this brutal and unethical inhumane practice of shipping Primates need to be STOPPED ASAP. Shame on you all. We all need to avoid travelling on those Air lines until they stop this unethical practice.

Marlene Dinkins

firmato il petizione!!!!!!!! grazie.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Signed. One day i hope all monkey-primate species can live their lives without feeding a pathetic human need for dumb ass research...cruel and not needed.

rene davis
irene davis5 years ago

Signed petition, awful to think of all these poor animals in the cargo being shipped off to some lab to be exploited.

debby ro
Deborah ro5 years ago


Angie rabon
Angela rabon5 years ago

Signed. Thank you.