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BUAV call to Air China to end monkey shipments after reports of incident on board


The BUAV has renewed its call to Air China to stop the cruel shipment of primates for research purposes. The call follows a report in the New York Post that a monkey escaped his or her crate in the cargo hold of an Air China aeroplane bound for Beijing. The flight was delayed for 4 hours at JFK Airport in the USA while the poor individual was recaptured. The paper reports that the monkey was one of a shipment of around 60 destined for research.

Air China is a major transporter of primates destined for research purposes, regularly shipping them from countries, including China and Cambodia to the USA.

Please support the BUAV's Cargo Cruelty campaign and write to Air China urging the airline to join the growing list of airline that refuse to transport primate destined for the research industry, including British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines, Eva Air and China Airlines.

Primates are packed into small wooden crates, usually too small to allow them to stand up, and travel as cargo. The size of the compartment for each monkey is about 30 cm (length), 50 cm (width) and 50 cm (height). The monkeys can endure inadequate ventilation, noise, temperature fluctuations and delays en route as they are shipped on extremely long journeys to research laboratories across the world.

Monkeys may become ill or die in transit. For others, anxiety and stress can lead to infection and the onset of disease which may remain latent until the animals reach their final destination. Documents obtained by the BUAV provide a disturbing insight into just how much these animals suffer. Conditions that resulted in the death or euthanasia of monkeys imported into the USA during 2009 included pneumonia, enteritis, gastroenteritis, dehydration, weight loss, poor body condition and bacterial infection.

Please write polite letters and emails:

Air China

41 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W


9th Floor, Blue Sky Mansion, 28 Tianzhu Road, Zone A, Tianzhu Airport 

Industrial Shunyi District, Beijing, China



Find out more about the BUAV Cargo Cruelty campaign.