Airlines Must Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates

With so many reliable alternatives to animal testing currently available and affordable, there is absolutely no reason to subject animals to such conditions.

Many airlines have discontinued shipping nonhuman primates bound for biomedical research laboratories. However, a few are still engaging in this practice.

NHES opposes cruelty to animals in any form, especially our closest relatives—nonhuman primates, and looks forward to the day when animals will no longer be subjected to the pain and suffering associated with biomedical research and testing, which is often unnecessary and costly when compared with other non-animal techniques.

Instead of using animals, many scientists use human and animal cell, tissue, and organ cultures; chemical systems; blood products; sophisticated mathematical and computer simulations; and plastic organ models. Alternatives, such as Eytex, Skintex®, epiPack, take the place of harmful tests on animals. Advances in tissue engineering and robotics, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, metabonomics, systems biology, and in silico (computer-based) systems offer alternatives to animal use. Animal testing can take months if not years at expenses ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to multi-millions of dollars, whereas computer modeling can take place instantaneously and at far lower costs, especially the cost to the animals and their suffering. In vitro tests involving human cell and tissue cultures are faster, cheaper, and more reliable than animal tests in many instances.

For these reasons, we urge you to write airlines still engaging in the practice of transporting nonhuman primates bound for biomedical research laboratories and ask them to change their policies.

Calin Rovinescu
President and CEO
Air Canada Centre 1235
P.O. Box 14,000
Dorval, Québec
Canada H4Y 1H4

Jean- Cyril Spinetta
Chief Executive Officer
Air France
45, rue de Paris
95 747 Roissy CDG Cedex

Jeff Smisek
President and CEO
Continental Cargo
1600 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

One Response to “Airlines Must Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates”

  1. Mary A Leon Says:

    These animals feel pain and hurt and these ‘research laboratories’ should be put out of business. In the meanwhile, please do NOT agree to fly these animals, where they are in danger of death.


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