Target: CEO of Vietnam Airlines, Pham Ngoc Minh
Goal: Stop Vietnam Airlines’ inhumane transportation of primates for use in United States laboratories
Every year, thousands of primates are packed into cramped, wooden crates and flown to the United States, often on passenger flights, where they are subjected to the stress of transportation including noise, improper ventilation, and unstable temperatures. A report by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) found that some primates were not given food during transportation, others were found dead upon arrival at their destination, and still others were discovered to have “pneumonia, enteritis, gastroenteritis, dehydration, weight loss, poor body condition, or infection,” which contributed to their eventual deaths or euthanasia.
Some of these primates are bred solely for the purpose of laboratory testing and have already suffered the horrors of squalid, inhumane monkey farms. Others are captured in the wild from countries such as Cambodia, China and Vietnam and wrenched from complex family groups in order to be transported to the U.S. where they will be faced with the trauma of laboratory testing.
This disturbing practice is sadly all too common. An estimated 23,000 primates were brought into the United States in 2010 alone for the purpose of lab testing. Many airlines, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, China Airlines, TAM Airlines, and El Al Airlines, along with dozens of others, have announced that they are against such cruel practices and have outlawed primate transportation through their airlines.
However, a small number of airlines, including Vietnam Airlines, are still profiting from this inhumane operation. They continue to transport thousands of monkeys every year. Demand that Vietnam Airlines immediately cease transporting primates for laboratory testing in the United States, or any country, and thus help put an end to this torturous practice.
Dear CEO Pham Ngoc Minh,
Vietnam Airlines’ continued participation in the cruel practice of transporting primates for use in laboratory testing is abhorrent. Thousands of primates are bred in squalid conditions, or captured in the wild and stolen from their family groups, only to be subjected to inhumane treatment while in transit. These living creatures are confined in small, cramped crates where they suffer through maltreatment in the form of lack of food, inadequate ventilation, and dangerous fluctuations in temperatures while being shipped overseas, only to face the further horrors of laboratory testing.
No creature deserves such horrendous treatment, yet Vietnam Airlines continues to profit from the inhumane transportation of primates to the United States. I urge you to join dozens of airlines that have refused to take part in this cruel practice, and stop transporting primates for lab testing.
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