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Update: November 9, 2020
AirBridgeCargo Airlines is reportedly transporting monkeys for experimentation again, in apparent violation of the ban that it adopted after hearing from thousands of concerned PETA supporters.
Insiders close to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport (Sheremetyevo Airport) reported that AirBridgeCargo transported a shipment of live monkeys from Cambodia to the U.S., where they will be sent to laboratories and used for cruel and deadly experiments. We confirmed that the airline did indeed operate flight RU748, which departed Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on November 2, 2020, and arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow later that day. The plane then departed for Chicago and arrived on November 3, 2020. We were told that the cargo on board this flight was live monkeys destined for experimentation.
AirBridgeCargo is hiding, refusing to explain this apparent violation of its own policy. Please write to the company by taking action below and urge it to stop evading questions, lying, and shipping monkeys to laboratories.
Update: July 5, 2018
Huge news—we won! Thanks to your thousands of calls and e-mails, AirBridgeCargo will no longer transport monkeys to laboratories anywhere in the world. The company has notified PETA that it has enacted this policy effective immediately.
AirBridgeCargo joins the long list of airlines—including American Airlines, United Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, El Al Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and dozens of others—that refuse to participate in this sordid trade.
We've received disturbing reports that the Russian airline AirBridgeCargo is regularly shipping monkeys from China to the U.S., where they will be cruelly experimented on in laboratories. PETA and our supporters have persuaded nearly every major airline in the world—including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and United Airlines—to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, yet it seems that AirBridgeCargo is falling behind this compassionate industry standard and scheduling shipments of monkeys from China at least twice a week.
Every year, thousands of nonhuman primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, and Vietnam to the U.S. and the European Union to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid factory farms, while others are taken from their families in the wild. The traumatized monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes for as long as 30 hours. It was reported to PETA that shipping crates carrying primates and being handled by AirBridgeCargo were leaking urine and feces and that some monkeys in poor condition were denied any assistance or care. Once the animals arrive in the U.S., they are transported to facilities where they're imprisoned in tiny cages and often cut open, poisoned, crippled, addicted to drugs, shocked, and killed.