No More Lab Monkeys on Air Canada!

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  • recipient: Calin Rovinescu, CEO, Air Canada
Most airline travelers don't imagine lab monkeys squished in cages against their luggage in airplane cargo holds, subjected to cold, stopovers, and long delays.

Air Canada, however, regularly transports monkeys in the cargo holds of their planes. In January of this year, for example, 48 monkeys traveled from China to Toronto. In addition to the changing temperatures and cramped spaces of the hold, they remained in their crates for more than 15 hours of Canada winter on the tarmac.

Monkeys are intelligent animals who deserve compassion, not neglect. Although many other airlines refuse to carry animals destined for experimentation, Air Canada does not maintain this policy and continues to transport these monkeys.

Sign this petition to pressure Air Canada to refuse to carry all animals destined for experimentation.
I am writing out of concern for the 48 monkeys carried in the cargo hold of an Air Canada airplane from China to Toronto in January of this year. According to reports, in addition to being exposed to the changing temperatures and cramped spaces of the hold, they were contained in their crates for more than 15 hours after landing.

Air Canada needs to take a moral stance on this issue instead of merely catering to whatever various paying customers demand. These animals, besides being destined for experimentation, experience a lack of care during transit, including stopovers, changing temperatures, and long delays. Many airlines have conscientiously abstained from this practice, including Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, and Qantas Airways. Air Canada needs to step into the modern era and join its colleagues in refusing international shipments of animals destined for labs.


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