Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA protesters wearing monkey masks and holding signs
reading, "Deplane Monkeys," recently held demonstrations outside the
Chicago headquarters of United Airlines and the U.S. headquarters of Air France in New York. PETA is urging the airlines to commit to a ban on shipping primates to laboratories, as almost every airline in the world already has, including Delta, American, US
Air, and China Airlines.
PETA demonstrators also dropped a banner from a busy overpass
next to United HQ, generating a lot of views and picture-taking:
United Airlines, which recently acquired Continental
Airlines, is now the last U.S. air carrier without a policy prohibiting the
transportation of primates to be abused and killed in crude, painful, and
archaic experiments in laboratories.
The cruelty involved in laboratory experiments on primates and
other animals should be self-evident: After hearing from PETA about the horrors that cats and dogs
endure in labs, for instance, Nippon Cargo Airlines, which had been shipping dogs and cats from
the United States to Japanese labs, implemented a worldwide policy against
shipping any animals to labs.
When primates are shipped to laboratories, they're first
separated from their families and locked inside dark, terrifying cargo holds
for as long as 30 hours. Then they're delivered to facilities that will poison
them, cut them up, and kill them. Many monkeys who are shipped to laboratories
were first ripped from their homes in the wild.
Please join PETA in telling airlines that still transport
monkeys to U.S. laboratories to adopt a policy against the transportation of
nonhuman primates for use in experiments.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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