Delta Air Lines – Air France

The Bunny Alliance launched a campaign against Delta Air Lines to demand that the airline take responsibility for its role in the torture of animals in labs, and to help bring that torture to an end.

Delta Air Lines is a strategic partner and the North American representative of Air France, the last major commercial airline that continues to fly animals who are taken from the wild or born in breeding facilities to laboratories. Because of Delta’s intimate relationship with Air France, Delta is supporting and profiting off of animal cruelty when it is in a position to convince Air France to enact a permanent ban on transporting animals for labs.

When Air France flies primates, dogs, and other animals to labs, the journey itself is terrifying. The animals are often packed into wooden crates and locked away in the cargo holds of the airplanes; some die of starvation and dehydration while in route. The ones who survive the trips to labs discover that the airlines that transport them truly are the gateway to hell. In labs, the animals are subjected to experiments that involve cutting them open while they are fully conscious, forcing them to ingest poison, subjecting them to blunt trauma, and imprisoning them in restraint devices. They live in hell, and their only escape is death.

The horrific exploitation of animals in labs must end, and Delta and Air France must do their part and stop flying animals into the labs.

Our Message to Delta Air Lines:

The Bunny Alliance is launching a national campaign against Delta Air Lines. The campaign is to encourage Delta to convince Air France to permanently end all transport of animals to laboratories and to enact an official policy against transporting animals to laboratories.

As you are aware, Delta Air Lines is in a strategic partnership with Air France, and so Delta has the power to influence Air France to end its involvement in the transport of animals to laboratories and hold it accountable to a policy change. Furthermore, Delta has responded, as the North American representative of Air France, to inquiries about Air France’s transport of animals:

I would like to inform you that Delta Air Lines represents Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in North America. Therefore, on behalf of Air France, I would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the transport of live animals… Please allow me to respond to your comments regarding the transportation of live animals on Air France flights. We certainly understand your concerns for the live animals transported via Air France Cargo. Additionally, we assure you that when transporting live animals for medical research purposes, Air France respects and complies with standards issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the European Union, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Laura Launer
Coordinator, Corporate Customer Care
Delta Air Lines

As a strategic partner of Air France and the North American representative, who responds to inquiries about Air France’s transport of animals to laboratories, Delta Air Lines has accepted the responsibility of Air France’s transport of animals to laboratories. Please use your position to put an end to Air France’s transport of animals to laboratories. The campaign against Delta will come to a close when Air France enacts a permanent official policy against transporting animals to laboratories and publicly announces such policy.

For all animals,

The Bunny Alliance

Delta’s Response:

Thank you for writing and allowing me the opportunity to further review your concerns.  I have been asked to respond to you on behalf of Mr. Anderson [Delta’s CEO].

I understand you feel strongly about the shipment of animals and apologize if you feel your concerns were not adequately addressed.  Please know I have forwarded your additional remarks to the appropriate leadership team at Air France. Respectfully, there is nothing more I can add.

Again, we appreciate your interest in our company and that you have used your valuable time to share your feedback.


Laura Launer
Customer Solutions Specialist, Corporate Customer Care
Delta Air Lines