Ask Airlines to Stop Shipping Monkeys to Be Tortured
Every year, more than ten thousand nonhuman primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia to the U.S. to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid monkey factory farms, while others are stolen from their families in the wild.
The traumatized monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the backs of trucks and the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 17,000 nonhuman primates were imported into the U.S. in 2012 for use in experiments. More than 1,000 monkeys were imported by animal testing conglomerate Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, where recent photos and video footage leaked by a whistleblower show sick, distraught monkeys suffering horribly from tests in which they were injected with experimental chemicals. And more than 7,000 monkeys were imported by Covance, a notorious contract testing laboratory. A PETA undercover investigation revealed that Covance workers hit and chocked confused and terrified monkeys who were being force-fed chemicals through a tube jammed up their noses.
Almost every major airline in the world—including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, TAM Airlines, El Al Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and dozens of others—refuses to take any part in this violent industry and prohibits the transportation of primates to laboratories. Some carriers, including UPS, FedEx, Cathay Pacific, and Korean Airlines, won’t transport any animals to laboratories.
PETA’s Air Cruelty campaign has flown from victory to victory and prompted a massive compassionate shift in the airline and cargo industry. As a result, laboratories are having a much more difficult time getting their hands on primates for use in cruel experiments. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service figures reveal that there has been a 40 percent decrease in the number of primates imported by U.S. laboratories over the past five years. Simply put, this means fewer monkeys are suffering in laboratories and more primates are enjoying their freedom in the wild.
Please be a voice for the monkeys who are suffering in the primate trade. Take a minute of your time now to click the following links and urge airlines that still transport monkeys to laboratories to join their peers and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of nonhuman primates for use in experiments: