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BUAV launches Cargo Cruelty monkey campaign film


BUAV's powerful new film calls on airlines to stop transporting monkeys for research.

The BUAV has released a powerful short film as part of its Cargo Cruelty campaign, calling on airlines to stop transporting primates for the research industry. The film hints at the dark side of airline travel which is in stark contrast to the smart presentation of the airline industry.

View the new Cargo Cruelty campaign film

Released today, the 30-second film is aimed at airline passengers flying for business and recreation. The BUAV urges all air travellers to check whether an airline is involved in the cruel business of transporting monkeys for experiments before booking their next flight.

Airlines play a key role in the international trade in primates for research by transporting monkeys from supply facilities in countries such as Mauritius, Vietnam, St Kitts, China and Cambodia, 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 for laboratories in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan. 

Monkeys 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’s Cargo Cruelty campaign is backed by comedian and actor Ricky Gervais. 

The campaign has gathered momentum over the past months as American Airlines recently reviewed its policy and joined a growing list of major carriers who do not ship primates for research including British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas Airways, Delta Airlines and China Airlines.

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

View full list of airlines that transport monkeys for research

Credits: film created for the BUAV by Neo Creative with production by Nice & Serious

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