Regarding the transport of live animals, Air France scrupulously respects and complies with standards issued by:
Air France also strictly complies with the Washington Convention concerning protected animal and plant species, whose transport must systematically be for identified scientific reasons and which is regulated on an international scale.
Air France Cargo ensures that all biomedical research involving the use of animals in laboratories with which the airline works is fully in line with current legislation and the regulations drawn up by scientific organizations specializing in animal welfare:
Air France Cargo refuses transportation if the testing protocols do not conform to these regulations and visits all customers to make sure this is the case. Air France Cargo also monitors the supplier, who must comply with the breeding rules in force.
If nothing authorizes an airline from ruling on the merits of using animals in biomedical research, although it is established collectively across Europe, then nothing authorizes it from refusing this type of transport in a perfectly legal way, with particular caution on the part of all those involved.
The European Directive 86/609 from 8 September 2010 states that "the use of live animals remains necessary to protect human and animal health and the environment." In particular, "the use of nonhuman primates in scientific procedures is necessary for biomedical research”.