Tell Airlines: Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates for Research
  • Petitioned Air France

This petition was delivered to:

Air France
Air France - USA
Air France, PR Manager
Elise Biensan
China Southern Airlines
Customer Service Manager
China Southern Airlines
Hong Kong Customer Service Manager
Regional General Manager, Aust / NZ, China Southern Airlines
Henry He

Tell Airlines: Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates for Research

    1. Petition by

      British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

Please support the BUAV campaign to stop airlines transporting nonhuman primates for the research industry.

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

The BUAV leads the international campaign to end these shipments of misery and over the years, our efforts have moved many airlines to dissociate themselves from this cruel trade. Only two major passenger airlines continue to be involved in this ugly business - Air France and China Southern Airlines.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Ferry companies cease transporting research animals into UK

      The research industry is feeling the pressure as more and more carriers refuse to transport primates destined for labs. Ferries headed to the UK refuse to transport any animals for research.

    3. Hainan Airlines announces it will no longer ship primates for research

      Hainan Airlines is the latest to announce that it will no longer transport primates for research. They also cancelled a shipment that had been scheduled from China to Toronto this month.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. Monkeys on Air France planes? Thousands say no

      From Breaking Travel News: "More than 25,000 people have joined a campaign on calling on Air France to adopt a policy refusing to transport primates destined for research. The renewed call for an end to primate shipments follows a successful campaign on demanding that Air France cancel a shipment of primates from Africa to the Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories in the U.S., which gathered more than 600 signatures in less than 24 hours."

    6. Air Canada Wants to Change Policy

      Air Canada has announced that it no longer wants to transport primates for research, but now the Canadian Transportation Agency won't let them change the policy. Join BUAV's petition asking the CTA to support Air Canada's humane policy change:

    7. Global Week of Action targeting Air France - 12/15 - 12/21

      The public pressure in France urging Air France to stop transporting primates for research has been growing. One group has planned a week of action this week to protest the airline's practices.

    8. 20,000 to Air Canada: Stop Shipping Monkeys on Planes

      The press release highlights the 20,000 signature milestone here on

    9. Reached 20,000 signatures
    10. Air Canada Flies Excuses as Other Airlines Adopt "No Cruel Cargo" Policy

      The Cargo Cruelty campaign, led by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, is making headway in the fight to stop airlines from transporting primates for research experimentation.
      Sarah Kite, Director of Communications at BUAV, sent me...

    11. Lawyers Debunk Air Canada's Claims That They Have to Transport Primates

      The Canadian organisation Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW) has now produced a legal opinion which concludes that Air Canada is under no legal obligation to transport animals bound for experimentation.

    12. Caribbean Airlines Commits to Not Transporting Primates for Research

      Caribbean Airlines has ceased transporting primates destined for the research industry. Its website now states: "Caribbean Airlines will not accept primates used for laboratory research experimentation and exploitation purposes".

    13. Reached 17,500 signatures
    14. Air Canada not being forced to transport laboratory animals, activists say

      Air Canada claims it is legally obligated to accept primate cargo. But according to a legal opinion solicited by the Humane Society International Canada, Air Canada can set and amend the terms of its tariffs.

    15. Reached 9,000 signatures
    16. Send a Cargo Cruelty Postcard

      Download a Cargo Cruelty postcard here:

      Then personalize it and send to the airline addresses listed at the link above.

    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Cruel Cargo: How Airlines Keep the Primate Trade Flying

      Before buying airplane tickets for your next trip, you might want to find out if your luggage is sharing cargo space with primates destined for a research lab. Depending on the airline, you could be flying with cruel cargo.
      American Airlines recently...


    Reasons for signing

    • flaviana costa LIVORNO, ITALY
      • 11 days ago

      è molto semplice: amo gli animali e la loro sofferenza mi spezza il cuore

    • Renee Vincent SEQUIM, WA
      • 9 months ago

      Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates for Research

      • 9 months ago

      It is cruel and barbaric

      • 9 months ago

      Stop torture ! Now.

    • Erin Meyer STAMFORD, CT
      • 9 months ago

      Because it IS WRONG!! So cruel!


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