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Action Alert For Primates Shipped on Air Canada Cargo

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), STOP UBC Animal Research and Animal Alliance of Canada are calling on Air Canada to stop transporting primates destined for the research industry. The call comes following a tip-off to the BUAV from a concerned member of staff at Toronto Airport that monkeys from breeding farms in China are flown into Toronto Airport. They are held at the airport overnight, for up to 15 hours or more, before sent on another Air Canada flight to Montreal and their final destination – the research laboratory. The most recent shipment of 48 monkeys arrived in Toronto on Saturday, January 23.

In recent years, an increasing number of airlines have taken the decision to dissociate themselves from the cruelty and suffering that are intrinsic to the trade in primates. These include British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines, Eva Air and China Airlines. Air Canada is one of only a small number of passenger airlines that continues to be involved in this grim business.

We are calling upon Canadian citizens, Air Canada passengers and concerned individuals and airline passengers from around the world to contact Air Canada to show the strength of public feeling on this issue.

The call to Air Canada has already been picked up by leading newspaper, the Toronto Sun:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/01/23/17003581.html

 

Please write to Air Canada urging it to stop transporting primates:

President and CEO

Air Canada

Air Canada Centre

P.O Box 14,000

Dorval QC

Canada H4Y 1H4

 

Calin.rovinescu@aircanada.ca

aircanada_customercare_en@mailca.custhelp.com

For more information on the transportation of primates: http://www.buav.org/our-campaigns/primate-campaign/primate-cargo-cruelty

 

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