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Urge Charter Airlines to Stop Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories!

Following successful PETA campaigns, nearly every major airline in the world—including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and United Airlines—has agreed to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories —including Covance and Charles River Laboratories —and dealers like Primate Products— where they live in pain and misery.

As laboratories become desperate to find ways to get their hands on monkeys to abuse in their painful and dead-end experiments, they’re now looking to charter airlines to handle their cargo.


Air Transport International (ATI) and ABX Air are subsidiaries of a charter airline company called Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). ATI and ABX Air continue to ship thousands of monkeys each year from China to laboratories in the United States, where they are imprisoned, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, addicted to drugs, infected with deadly diseases, and killed.


Federal documents show that, in 2014 alone, ATI was cited for numerous, repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including transporting thousands of monkeys without a federal license to do so and not providing monkeys with food or water for more than 32 hours during a long, grueling flight from China to Texas. Inspectors also cited the company because they discovered that waste had pooled in the bottom of the monkeys’ wooden crates and was leaking out and that a bloodied monkey had lacerations across his face after being cut by a piece of sharp metal that had become detached from a crate.

Please take a minute of your time to urge ATSG and its subsidiaries to join nearly every other airline in the world by banning shipments of monkeys and other nonhuman primates destined for cruel experiments.

Send polite comments to:

Or please call ATSG at 937-382-5591 (press option 3).

You can also write to the company at:

Air Transport Services Group
145 Hunter Dr.
Wilmington, OH 45177

Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.