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There is a sickening underbelly (literally) to air transportation companies that consists of them transporting primates to research laboratories Globe (primarily in the US and Europe). The death rates for primates on these flights have been known to be as high as 50%. And, in some ways, the living may end up envying the dead, as those that do make it to their destinations have nothing to look forward to but a life of confinement, pain and an untimely death.

Some airlines are trying to make a difference by refusing to transport these primates. For other airlines, it's just a small stream of revenue and they have no qualms about it. I'm not advocating an outright boycott of these air carriers (as I know how great differences in air prices can be sometimes). But, look at the two lists below, and if you're facing a choice where you have comptetive rates between two or more carriers, make your statement by choosing one of the companies on the right.

This document is out of date (2000), and is not meant as a strict guideline of WHICH airlines to fly, but things to consider when you make choices as a consumer. Contact the airlines and ask. Let THEM know you abhor the practice and it factors into your choices. They may drop the practice.

Airlines that DO transport primates Airlines that DO NOT transport primates
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air Inter
  • Air Mauritius
  • American Airlines
  • Amerijet International
  • Carribean Air Cargo
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airline
  • Continental
  • Delta Air
  • ELAL (Israel)
  • Faucett (Peru)
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LIAT (Caribbean)
  • Lufthansa (Germany):
    [forced to continue by German government]
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Sabena (Belgium)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Varig (Brazil)
  • Aer Lingus (Ireland)
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Afrique
  • Air Algerie
  • Air Atlantique
  • Air Botswana
  • Air Canada
  • Air Malta
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Portugal
  • Air Tanzania
  • Air UK
  • Air Zimbabwe
  • Air Nippon Airways
  • Ansett Australia
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Brit Air
  • Brittania
  • British Airways
  • British Midland
  • Business Air
  • BWIA (West Indies)
  • Canadian Airlines
  • Cargolux
  • Cimber Air (Denmark)
  • Commercial Airways Ltd.
  • Cross Air
  • Cyprus Airways
  • Cyprus Turkish Airlines
  • Egyptair
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Eurowigs
  • Finnair
  • Iceland Air
  • Mexicana Airlines
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Quantas
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Swissair
  • Thai Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • TWA
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Source: American Anti-Vivisection Society.
    List was compiled by the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection.