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Monkey business on recent Air Canada flight?

Jan. 27, 2011, London, U.K. - U.K.-based animal rights group, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), has criticized Air Canada for allegedly transporting lab monkeys in the cargo holds of its planes.


January 27, 2011
By The Canadian Press

BUAV said it received a tip-off from a staff member at Toronto Airport that 48 monkeys from breeding farms in China were arriving on 23 February on route to Montreal.

BUAV director of special projects, Sarah Kite, said: "Shipping these highly sensitive and intelligent animals as cargo in small wooden crates is in itself appalling. For them to have to suffer these cramped conditions for a further 15 hours or more is shocking. We urge Air Canada to join the growing list of airlines that have stopped their involvement in the cruel trade in primates.”

Carriers such as British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, China Airlines Qantas and Delta have stopped shipping animals marked for experimentation.

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