GEvergreen_B747-200F_EDFH_img2etting from Point A to Point B is a simple concept we often take for granted. Commercial airlines are not only responsible for the safe delivery of human passengers to their destination, but they also safely and humanely transport research animals. Unfortunately, opponents to animal research have engaged in tactics of harassment, protests, and public smear campaigns in an effort to end the transportation of vital animal models involved in studies worldwide, which stand to better both human and animal health.

A lack of availability of certain research animal models could mean the future of medical progress is jeopardized. That's why several medical research organizations have begun speaking out regarding the imperative nature of research animal transportation. To learn more about the safe transport of research animals by air and why it is such an important issue, see the statements below.


FAQ on Transportation of Lab Animals

→Thank Air France for Continuing to Support Research


Academic Research Program Reliance on Air Transportation: Research Rodent Transportation

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS): Statement

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM): Letter

American Physiological Society (APS): Statement

American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP): Resolution Passed by AVMA House of Delegates

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP): Statement

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): Policy

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC): Statement

Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV): Statement

Basel Declaration Society (BDS): Statement

Covance: Statement

Charles River: Statement

European Animal Research Association (EARA): Huffington Post

European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM): Statement

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): StatementLetters

Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA): Statement

Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR): Statement

NAS, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR): Roundtable Summary; PPT Slides and Video 

NAS, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR): Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals

New York University (NYU):  Statement

International Air Transportation Association (IATA):  The Global Standard for the Transportation of Live Animals by Air

International Society for Transgenic Technology (ISTT): Statement

National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR): Open Letter to Airlines, Letter to Airlines

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): Terrestrial Animal Health Code 

Safety Pharmacology Society (SPST): Statement

Society for Neuroscience (SfN): Statement

Society of Toxicology (SOT): Statement

Speaking of Research (SoR): Statement

States United for Biomedical Research (SUBR): Statement

United Kingdom's Minister of State for Universities and Science: Letter

University of Michigan: Statement

University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Institute of Neuroinformatics: Statement

VIDEO: Why Animals Are Needed In Research

NABR Posts on Transportation

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Air France CEO Defends Transportation of Research Primates

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‘Air Transport: No Cargo, No Cure,’ New Section on NABR Website

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