Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the deportation of live monkeys


We have just received disturbing information alleging that more than 600 monkeys destined for laboratories will be shipped to Chicago on a Volga-Dnepr flight leaving Cambodia on May 29.

Please take action below right away!

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We’ve received disturbing reports that the Russian airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines, under its parent company Volga-Dnepr Group, allegedly transported a shipment of monkeys for use in laboratories in the U.S. and maybe planning to do it again.

Insiders allegedly at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reported that Volga-Dnepr Airlines 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 VI3236, which departed Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on April 30, 2020, and arrived at George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport in the U.S. on May 1, 2020, after making two stops—at Khabarovsk Novy Airport in Russia and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

We were told that the cargo on board this flight was live monkeys destined for experimentation.

We contacted Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ executive team and global offices multiple times, but they are refusing to answer our questions about transporting monkeys for experimentation.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines: Come clean! Are you transporting monkeys to laboratories?


Just two years ago, PETA celebrated the end of a successful campaign against another airline owned by the Volga-Dnepr Group, AirBridgeCargo, which we exposed in 2016 for transporting monkeys for experimentation.

After thousands of calls and e-mails from members of the public, the airline announced a permanent ban on transporting monkeys to laboratories and affirmed this ban to us in 2019. But it may be that another airline owned by the Volga-Dnepr Group is getting into the cruel trade in primates for experimentation.

PETA, our supporters, and the public 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.

Every year, thousands of monkeys are transported from countries such as Cambodia, China, and Vietnam to the U.S. 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 nature.

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.


Once they arrive in the U.S., they are offloaded from the planes by cargo-handling agents and are left trapped in the cramped wooden crates (often filled with feces and urine) on the tarmac or loaded with forklifts into a warehouse. These sensitive monkeys must then wait in fear until they’re loaded into trucks and transported to infamous facilities such as Charles River Laboratories and Covance where more horrors await.

They’re imprisoned in cramped cages and often cut open, poisoned, crippled, addicted to drugs, shocked, and killed.

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The monkeys used in these cruel experiments have complex emotional and social needs that can’t be met in a laboratory. In nature, macaque troops vary in size from about 10 to more than 60 members.

The troop splits into subgroups to forage throughout the day, but each night, they all meet up at a favored “sleeping tree,” where everyone cuddles together for warmth, friendship, and protection.


Please write to Volga-Dnepr Airlines letting it know that cruelty doesn’t fly and that it should tell the truth about whether it’s transporting shipments of monkeys destined for laboratories.

The airline should join other industry leaders—including AirBridgeCargo—that prohibit shipments of primates destined for laboratories and laboratory suppliers.

You’re welcome to use our template letter (Petition), but remember that putting your subject line and message into your own words will help draw attention to your e-mail.



My comment: Experts in the field of microfluidics and “human-on-a-chip” technology assume that no toxicity tests will be carried out on animals in the foreseeable future, and shortly thereafter no more tests on the effects of the medication will be carried out on animals because of the alternatives are scientifically superior.

On May 14, 2020, the science magazine “Science” reported that a Dutch research group had succeeded in showing on the human intestinal organoid and how coronaviruses attack the gastrointestinal system.

On May 5, 2020, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin described the human lung organoids on its website as “the ideal test system for corona infection”!

We are currently living in transition.
The corona crisis could be the reason to finally abolish animal experiments that are worthless for human animals and cruel for non-human animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

One thought on “Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the deportation of live monkeys”

  1. We are shameful, totally immoral animal species, tortures and kills individuals of all species, and their individuals too – all for money, profit above all. So what fool in the 21st century is doing experiments on an animal model if he knows that every genome reacts differently to the same substance and the same stimulus. Fraudsters, cheaters,murderers, not scientists. It is need legalisation death penalty for these cheaters, killers ASAP.


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