Help Stop Air France From Shipping Monkeys to Their Deaths!

Now is the time to tell its CEO and board members to end the company’s participation in this sordid trade.


Air France used to claim to be “making the sky the best place on Earth”—all while it was making the sky a dangerous and scary place, as one of the largest transporters of primates in the world. Even though nearly every other major airline has stopped sending monkeys on these horrific one-way flights, Air France continues to ship them to laboratories.

Transporting stressed and potentially immunocompromised monkeys is dangerous and poses a serious risk to public health. They’re poor models of disease in humans, anyway, as experiments on monkeys have failed to lead to cures and treatments for human diseases. The makers of both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines stated that animals other than humans aren’t good models for COVID-19 vaccine testing because the disease behaves differently in nonhuman species. PETA is urging Air France to stop flying monkeys to laboratories for pointless and deadly studies.

The monkeys Air France ships are bred in captivity on squalid factory farms or torn away from their homes and families in nature. Crammed into small wooden crates in the cargo holds on passenger and cargo flights, they endure a dark and terrifying journey. Upon arriving in the U.S., the animals are transported to dealers like Primate Products and to laboratories—including Charles River Laboratories and Covance, some of the largest importers of monkeys in the U.S.—where they’re stripped of their individuality, imprisoned in cages, and tormented in experiments.

Almost every other major airline in the world refuses to transport monkeys to laboratories. Air France needs to get on board with what the rest of the airline industry already knows: Cruelty doesn’t fly.

You Can Help!

In 2012, Air France canceled a shipment of monkeys after a public outcry by PETA and our supporters. The company just held an important shareholders’ meeting, so let’s keep the pressure on while it considers its policies.

Please tell Air France that you won’t fly while primates die.

Send polite comments to:

Anne Rigail
CEO of Air France
[email protected]

Christophe Boucher
Executive Vice President of Air France Cargo
[email protected]

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Monkey in Cage Photo: © Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

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