Good News! Portuguese Airline Bans Cruel Animal Shipments

Posted by 12 months ago | Permalink | Comments (9)

TAP Portugal is Portugal’s leading airline. And now, following talks with PETA US, it’s leading the way ethically, too. The airline has just put in place a company-wide ban on all shipments of shark fins, the body parts of endangered animals killed by hunters and animals bound for laboratories.

I am not a trophy

It’s great news that TAP Portugal has taken a stand against cruelty. It joins Delta Air Lines and American Airlines in refusing to transport animal trophies, while almost every major airline now has a ban on shipping primates for experiments. These policies are making things harder for the industries that kill and exploit animals around the world and also reassuring customers that they’re not sharing their flight with a terrified animal or a hunter’s sick trophy.

The shark-finning industry kills nearly 100 million sharks and billions of other sea animals every year. Wealthy trophy hunters take pleasure in killing beautiful, often endangered wild animals for “sport”. And animals shipped to laboratories are either kidnapped from the wild or bred on squalid farms before being packed into cargo boxes for a gruelling journey which will end in a barren laboratory. There, these animals will face further suffering and, eventually, death.

We’re hoping all airlines will follow TAP Portugal’s example and adopt similar compassionate policies. In particular, we’re calling on Air France to fall into line with the rest of the aviation industry and stop shipping primates for vivisection.

Please help – send a message to Air France here:


  • Ray Muniz commented on November 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Poachers and hunters must be stopped at all cost. They are only causing wildlife species to become extinct. This is one step in he right direction. I really hope all airlines do the same.

  • christine currie commented on November 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    great to see that something is working out to save the torture to animal great to see peta involved thanks

  • Nathalie Baart commented on November 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Being a citizen in Portugal this puts a smile on my face, it is a huge step for a country that still has many issues with animal cruelty.
    I am very glad that TAP has taken a step in the right direction – I do however wish that the rest of Portugal would follow suit.
    This is a country that has no standing law against animal cruelty apart from a recently enforced law for domestic animals. The department of “Portuguese Authority for Animal Health” are currently failing to do anything related to an ongoing case of starving, emaciated horses in the middle of the country’s main tourist destination. They have turned their back despite the pleading public. Google “starving horses Lagoa” and you will come across some articles.
    So yes, well done TAP, now come one(!) the actual government bodies of Portugal!!

    • GillianSchifreen commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I agree Nathilie, I have recently moved to the Silver Coast and cannot understand why everyone has to keep a dog despite clearly not caring about them: on a short chain 24/7. very little shade and dirty water, if any at all.

      Portugal needs more rigorous animal cruelty laws. But very well done TAP

  • Anne Cooper commented on November 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

    You are sooooo kind!
    Thank you soooo much for thinking about beings that have nothing to do with you really, who you don’t make money out of.
    God bless every one of you who work there!
    Very kind regards,

  • Oliver Adcock commented on November 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Please stop facilitating animal cruelty!

  • Manel Dias commented on November 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    It is nice to hear that the Portuguese Airlines had taken the very necessary steps to BAN these cruelly, unethically murdered animal carcasses carrying through their beautiful Air crafts. These vicious, Poachers who have no heart for another living being but the ruthless morons who are obsessed with the greediness & self ego with materialistic gains, must be eliminated from the planet earth. So brutal in it’s practices these Poachers must be caught and prosecuted and need to lock them up eventually & never to see another days sunshine. These are the worthless scumbags who have no concern about the destruction they create in this world. Because they are cold blooded greedy slimeballs with no brains. Please protect, & save our wild Animals and the natural beauty which they have given us to enjoy all through out our lives. THANK YOU PORTUGUESE AIRLINES FOR BANNING THE TRANSPORTING ANY ANIMAL TROPHIES ANY WHERE. MAY GOD’S BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU ALL.!!!

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on November 9, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Congratulations to TAP Portugal for doing the right thing and banning the transport of animals meant for labs, shark fins, animal body parts, etc. You have send a loud and clear message around the world that you are an ethical airline that will not support animal cruelty!

    We thank you kindly!

  • Claudia Hartner commented on December 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Das Tierleid muss endlich ein Ende haben.

Post a Comment


By submitting this form, you will be indicating your consent to receiving e-mail marketing messages from us unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such messages by unticking the box above. You're also acknowledging that you've read and you agree to our privacy policy.