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Press release CAVF

Monday, 14 March, 2011




Contact : Elizabeth Dubot,



Air France-KLM: the focus of Anti-Vivisectionists

An international campaign is being launched to target one of the world's leading airlines Air France-KLM, who are also the principal transporter of primates destined for research laboratories. The campaigners have given Air France-KLM until March 21st, 2011 to change their policy and to announce that it has ended the transport of animals for the research industry.


Air Souffrance against Air France

All over the world animal protection organisations opposed to animal experimentation are preparing to join a new campaign against the transport of laboratory animals. Air France-KLM has been the focus of many animal protection groups for a long time but, thanks to the various networks on Internet, alliances have been created around a common campaign.


Encouraged by recent successes against British Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, El Al and Amerijet International, anti-vivisection campaigners are now calling on Air France-KLM to join the roughly fifty airline companies that have already made the ethical choice not to actively support animal experimentation by transporting animals destined for research laboratories.


The transport of primates and its consequences

Each year, of tens of thousands of primates are transported throughout the world. Air France-KLM is currently the principal transporter from Mauritius, the Caribbean and Asia to Europe and the USA.


Many primates are ripped from their natural environment and are used for highly invasive experiments, often in research on the diseases of the brain. However, a human neuro-degenerative disease, largely influenced by our lifestyle and the hundreds of toxic substances present in our blood, cannot be recreated in another species of animal. One does not need to be a scientist to understand that these experiments are not effective and cannot be accurately related to human beings. There are many examples that testify to the unreliability of the animal model when applying the results to human beings.


For example, despite the fact that chimpanzees share 98,7% of their DNA with human beings, they've proved to be poor models for biomedical research. There are also many major differences between the infections and viral diseases of non-human primates and those of the human beings, especially as these diseases are artificially induced in the animal subjects, and this makes the results incomparable with those of the diseases which develop naturally in the human body.


Primates do not develop the symptoms of AIDS when they are infected with HIV and they are naturally immune to common malaria. In addition, primate experimentation has not made it possible to understand the infection of the virus of hepatitis C. Primates also do not develop the same forms of cancer as human beings.


Certain researchers base on biological coincidences inter-species to make it clear that the animal model would resemble the man sufficiently: however “to resemble” is not a sufficiently scientific verb when referring to safety testing of toxic substances for human consumption and development of new therapies for human illness.


Primates of Vietnamese origin have even been shown to provide exactly the opposite results to certain stimuli than those provided by their cousins who originated in Mauritius.


According to a study carried out by British Union Against Vivisection (BUAV), eight out of ten macaques captured in the wild die before even reaching the laboratory. They can be killed during their trapping but it is especially common that they die as a result of stress caused by their captivity. The flights which animals are subjected to are also extremely stressful and the animals often receive inadequate care during stopovers. A voyage can last up to 60 hours.


The Ultimatum

The Coalition Anti Vivisection France, supported by groups from the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel and the United States, calls on Air France-KLM to cease the transport of animals intended for the laboratories. The airline company has until March 21st, 2011 to announce its decision to the CAVF. Starting from this date, and in the case of absence of a positive response, the campaign will be officially launched with public demonstrations, media actions and an information campaign directed at their customers.


The open letter has been  published on the site of the Coalition Anti Vivisection France ( and was sent by name to:


Jean-Cyril Spinetta, chairman of the board of Air France and KLM Air France

Leo Mr. van Wijk, vice-president of the board of directors of KLM Air France

Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, managing director of Air France and KLM Air France

Peter F. Hartmann, royal chairman of KLM Dutch Airlines


The Coalition Anti Vivisection France (CAVF) is an association covered by the law of 1901, and whose goal is to denounce the irrelevance and cruelty of animal experimentation and to promote an ethical science, which is modern and effective. Their Internet site:


Air Souffrance is a campaign targeting the airline companies who transport animals destined for laboratories. It is comprised of many groups and individuals united in one common objective:

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In January 2010, a survey conducted by infiltrators in Primate Products, showed photographs of monkeys undergoing experiments. The director, Don Bradford, confirmed that these images were taken inside Primate Products, and that these primates were still alive.


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A captive monkey.

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