Support Air Canada’s Decision to Stop Transporting Primates for Research
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Support Air Canada’s Decision to Stop Transporting Primates for Research

    1. Petition by

      British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

December 2012


From the BUAV: We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Transportation Authority (CTA) has upheld Air Canada’s decision to stop transporting primates destined to suffer and die in laboratories around the world!

Last January, the BUAV exposed an Air Canada shipment of 48 monkeys destined for cruel experiments in a Montreal laboratory. Following a public outcry and petition ( Air Canada filed a tariff change to the CTA to allow them to stop the cruel shipments. However, the CTA suspended Air Canada’s new policy.

The BUAV submitted evidence to the CTA, and you and thousands of others responded by signing our petition to the CTA supporting Air Canada’s decision. We are thrilled that the CTA has allowed Air Canada’s decision to stop supporting the cruel trade in monkeys for experiments!

The trade in primates for research is a global industry that involves misery, suffering and death on a huge scale. The BUAV has worked tirelessly to end this inhumane trade and as a result, a large number of airlines have stopped transporting monkeys destined for experiments (

There are now only a small number of airlines that continue to be involved in this ugly business including Air France, Vietnam Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

Thank you so much for supporting this important campaign. We still have a way to go, so please join us and stand up for primates by contacting the last airlines that are still involved in this cruel trade: We wouldn’t have been able to celebrate this victory without you and our team of experts who work tirelessly to end this cruel trade. Please consider making a gift so we can continue our important work and help save the lives on animals destined to suffer and die and laboratories:

Airlines play a key role in the international trade in primates for research by transporting monkeys 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.

Revelations by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) of Air Canada’s role in the transportation of primates for research led to widespread publicity and an international campaign supported by members, animal organisations and individuals around the world. As a consequence, Air Canada has made a decision to stop the transportation of such primates and filed an amended tariff to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). 

The airline stated: “It was a decision taken both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern.”

Unfortunately, following a complaint, the CTA has now suspended Air Canada’s amended tariff pending a hearing on its proposed new policy.

Please support Air Canada’s decision and request the Canadian Transportation Agency recognise the strength of public feeling on this issue and allow Air Canada to align its policies with those of other major passenger airlines. 

Primates are highly sensitive animals, so this treatment and the conditions they endure are extremely stressful for them. Some may become ill and even die in transit. Delays, poor ventilation, noise and temperature fluctuations can add to their misery.

Only a small number of passenger airlines continue to be involved in this grim business, including Air France, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Air and Vietnam Airlines.


Read more about the BUAV Cargo Cruelty campaign and see a full list of airlines which do and do not transport non-human primates for research.  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Air Canada Grounded from Changing Cruel Cargo Policy

      Only a handful of airlines still engage in the transportation of primates destined for research labs as cargo. Now imagine this scenario: A major airline partakes in this practice, but after becoming aware of the cruel future that awaits their cargo,...

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. 40+ Canadian Animal Groups Praise Air Canada, Ask CTA to Approve Policy

      "The coalition – the Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation (CCAARE) which includes the Calgary Animal Rights Effort, Stop Animal Testing at Dalhousie University, and Stop UBC Animal Research among many others – also urged the Canadian Transportation Agency to approve Air Canada's new policy.

      Airlines in Canada must obtain approval from the CTA to revise their shipping guidelines. Unfortunately, the CTA is requiring Air Canada to continue shipping primates to laboratories while it considers the issue.

      "We applaud Air Canada for wanting to get out of the monkey business," said Brian Vincent, Coordinator of the CCAARE and Director of Stop UBC Animal Research. "We urge the Canadian Transportation Agency to immediately approve Air Canada's new, compassionate policy.""

    5. Reached 7,000 signatures
    6. Join BUAV's Cargo Cruelty Campaign

      There are a handful of airlines who continue to accept shipments of primates for research. Sign BUAV's other petition to ask them to follow Air Canada's lead and adopt a "no cruel cargo" policy.

    7. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      It is a good start to have the airlines stop shipping animals for experimenting; now on to abolishing this.

      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a primate

    • simon finch LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      There is no reason this needs to happen and every reason why it SHOULDN'T.

    • Oliver Siddons BUSHBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Shipping the animals is cruel enough but then to put them though further pain is inhuman.

    • Diane Shears TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Air Canada for your decision.+


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