Ask Airlines to Stop Shipping Monkeys to Be Tortured
Every year, tens of thousands of non-human primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia to the EU and US to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity in cramped, squalid monkey factory farms, while others are stolen from their families in the wild.
The traumatised monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the backs of trucks and the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers. In the UK, more than 1,000 monkeys are imported from beyond the borders of the EU each year, while according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 23,000 non-human primates were brought into the US in 2010 – nearly all of them destined for laboratories. Nearly 3,000 monkeys were imported by animal testing conglomerate Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, where recent photos and video footage leaked by a whistleblower show sick, distraught monkeys suffering horribly from tests in which they were injected with experimental chemicals.
Almost every major airline in the world – including British Airways, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and dozens of others – refuses to take any part in this violent industry and prohibits the transportation of primates to laboratories. However, an increasingly small group of airlines – including Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines – continues to profit from animals' misery by transporting monkeys destined for US laboratories.
Please be a voice for the monkeys who are suffering in the primate trade. Take a minute of your time now to urge airlines that still transport monkeys to laboratories to join their peers and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of non-human primates for use in experiments.
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