Primates Suffer in Cargo Transport

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Originally Posted: 17 June 2011

Primates Suffer in Cargo Transport

[Ed. Note: GOOD NEWS UPDATE - American Airlines Stops Transporting Monkeys For Research, July 2011. We have removed them from the contact list below.]

[Ed. Note: Visit Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) for the truth about the treatment of primates in U.S. laboratories.]

FROM New England Antivisection Society (NEAVS)


Contact all of the airlines listed below and tell them to cease involvement in primate transport and implement an immediate ban on the transportation of primates for research.

Air Canada
Air Canada Centre
Fax: +44 (0) 208 750 8495

Continental Airlines
Fax: +44 (0)1293 567122

Other Airlines:
Air China

Air France

Caribbean Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

China Southern Airlines
Email: and

Philippine Airlines

Vietnam Airlines


Airlines transport primates packed into small wooden crates to research facilities worldwide, including to the U.S. Some die in transport because of the deplorable conditions of being shipped as cargo. Others endure and survive only to reach a cruel fate in research.

A recent report from BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) cited 11 airlines that continue to transport primates. They found that Air France ships to Covance Clinical Research Units in the USA; Air Canada ships primates from China to labs in Canada; and China Southern and Eastern airlines transport them to the U.S.

During flights, the primates endure delays, poor ventilation, noise and dangerous temperature fluctuations on their extremely long journeys. The anxiety and stress they suffer can lead to increased susceptibility to infection. Documents obtained by BUAV provide a disturbing insight into how these animals suffer.

The following reported incidences illustrate the pain and suffering endured by the primates:

‘On uncrating, he was found in moribund condition. Part of the wooden crate had been chewed away and no food was present in the crate. The primate died while IV fluids were being administered.’

‘One animal died during transport from Vietnam. The animal was removed in Paris at the airport; the cause of death was reportedly from ... [the build-up of gas in the intestinal tract]

‘One animal imported from Mauritius was dead on arrival.’

Thank you for everything you do for animals!