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Airlines refuse to transport primates for research following public outcry

October 8, 2008 1 comment
Campaigners call on remaining ‘cargo cruelty’ carriers to put ethics before profits
The BUAV has today applauded those airlines that have responded to public concern and stopped transporting primates destined for the research industry. An extensive analysis carried out by the animal protection organisation as part of its promotion of cruelty-free consumer choice has revealed that major airlines including US Airways and Eva Air have pulled out of the business while some of the world’s largest airlines, includingUnited Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines and China Airlines have re-confirmed their commitment to eliminating ‘cargo cruelty’ by opting out of carrying non-human primates as freight for the research industry.
The BUAV has led the international campaign calling on airlines to stop taking part in this cruel trade. Information gathered from investigations, research and correspondence with airlines has enabled it to analyse the position of airlines and publish a comprehensive ‘Cargo Cruelty’ list.
The international trade in primates for research is a global industry that involves misery, suffering and sometimes death for the animals involved. Many monkeys are trapped in the wild and then isolated from their family groups and native habitats in countries such as Mauritius, Tanzania, Barbados and Guyana. Others are bred in captivity, usually under factory farmed conditions, in countries including the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, the USA and Israel. The capture and confinement of such primates causes anxiety and stress which not only results in suffering, but can also lead to infection and the onset of disease. Further, a recent conservation report* highlighted that many primate groups in Asia and South-East Asia are at a growing risk of extinction.
Air transportation contributes to further suffering, even death. Primates destined for the research industry are packed into small wooden crates (usually too small to allow them to stand up) and travel as cargo, predominantly on passenger air flights, to destinations around the world. In addition to the cramped conditions, the monkeys may have to endure inadequate ventilation, noise and extreme temperature fluctuations as they are shipped on extremely long journeys to research laboratories globally.
The primate research industry is now dependent on a dwindling number of airlines. Air
France, Philippine Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, BWIA, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines and Korean Air are some of the airlines that have shipped thousands of primates, some trapped in the wild, to destinations around the world, during 2007-2008. Examples include:
· Air France transported wild caught macaques from Mauritius and captive bred macaques from Vietnam to the USA.
· China Eastern and China Southern Airlines both transported thousands of macaques from China to the USA.
· BWIA transported African green monkeys from Barbados and capuchins and tamarinds from Guyana. All had been captured in the wild.
· Philippine Airlines transported macaques from Indonesia to the USA.
· Both American Airlines and Continental Airlines have transported primates from the USA to Europe.
BUAV chief executive Michelle Thew said: “The BUAV welcomes the increasing    number of airlines that have taken a stance and now refuse to transport primates for the   research industry. We now urge those remaining airlines to reconsider their role in this cruel trade.”
The BUAV has received many supportive messages of support from airlines who want to dissociate themselves from the cruelty and suffering caused by the international trade in primates, including:
Malaysia Airlines: “Indeed, we would want to be in the list of airlines in the fight against international trade in primates destined for the research industry.”
TAP Portugal: “We wish your campaign to be successful and that the list of airlines rejecting transportation of these animals grows more and more.”
China Airlines: “On behalf of China Airlines, we would like to extend our appreciation on your dedication to protect the life of primates from unnatural human interference.”
United Airlines: “Please know that we do not support the transportation of non-human primates and we would be happy to be placed on the list that bans this practice.”

Competition to design a ‘Balls to Bullfighting’ T-shirt

Hello folks, this just dropped in my inbox, so I’m letting you know about a new design competition that Don’t Panic and The League Against Cruel Sports are working on together. The LACS ‘Balls to Bullfighting’ campaign aims to bring an end to bullfighting, and wants artists to create a t-shirt design appropriate to the message. The winner will see their design worn worldwide, sold in various independent fashion boutiques around London and also on the League’s website, with proceeds going towards furthering the cause. This is a great way to get a designer’s work noticed throughout the world, while also aiding a very worthy cause.

The competition runs from May 19th – July 15th 2008 on the Don’t Panic site (

Click here to find out more about the design a Balls to Bullfighting T-shirt competition

Please sign a petition to support belly dancers with swords…

tribal belly dance with swordsIf you’re not a bellydancer, please take time to sign a petition to support those who are.

Tribal bellydance is an art form that can use swords, but swords in bellydancing are no longer legally allowed. Here’s more information.

This just in from a bellydancer who’s been looking into the situation:

Hello all.

Sad news I’m afraid. I have just spoken to the home office and they have confirmed that belly and tribal dancers in the UK are included in the VCR (Violent Crimes Reduction Bill).

As Belly dancers, we are not covered in the exemptions of being classed as a ‘sporting activity’ or a historical reenactment. While we can perform with our existing swords, if you have public liability insurance. You can no longer purchase a new blade.

This is scary thought, as if we are not included in the exclusions to the ban, the art form of sword dancing will ultimately die out in the UK! My sword was broken recently In a workshop when it was dropped. I now can’t get a new one….

The only way we can get this changed for all belly dancers is to voice our concern and request that as a dance form that we are allowed to continue to be allowed to purchase swords, so that we can continue with a beautiful art form.

Please, please take the time to sign the <a href=””>e-petition</a&gt; to request that the government make bellydancers and tribal dancers exempt from the VCR Bill.

It will take a huge volume of dancers and people who support dance to sign the petition to make a difference, so please take the time to sign the petition and support us dancers.


Buy Doy Bags and support Phillipine women’s co-operatives!

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

doy bags

Remember our article about how to make your own juice bag? A mookychick reader wrote in and told us that if you can’t be bothered to make your own but still have a concscience, you can buy cute juice bags from Doy Bags, a women’s co-operative in the Phillipines that makes these bags to get a respectable wage and stop thousands of juice bags from being burnt or buried. They even do banana ketchup bags!

Doy Bags! Fun chums! Yes indeed!