Air France is taking some heat for transporting monkeys destined for research as more than 25,000 people have signed a petition calling on the airline to officially adopt a ban on the practice. The airline made recent headlines when a similar petition stopped the transportation of primates from Africa to the Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories in the US. It only took 600 petitions to get the French carrier to cancel the transport. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection is leading the fight and is hoping their latest call to action will end the company’s practice of transporting monkeys for research purposes.
“We are pleased that Air France responded to the international outcry and canceled last week’s shipment of primates,” said Sarah Kite, the director of special projects at BUAV. “However, it is now time for Air France to join the other major international airlines and place a permanent embargo on all future primate shipments. Thousands of people have joined our campaign on Change.org demanding an end to the suffering endured by primates shipped as cargo. We are renewing our call for Air France to change its policy or they will continue to face a public outcry.”
So far British Airways, Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airways, Eva Air, Alitalia and, most recently, American Airlines and Lufthansa have refused to fly primates.