Written by Michelle Kretzer
year, we have something to celebrate as we commemorate World Week for Animals in Laboratories.
After 30 years of pressure from PETA and other organizations, Harvard Medical
School's New England Primate
Research Center is shutting its doors. This milestone victory
proves that even the mightiest can fall—or
do better, move on, or modernize. And it illustrates why it is crucial that
animal advocates keep working
to end the suffering of animals in laboratories.
group of animal rights advocates in Italy made headlines this week when they occupied a laboratory at the University
of Milan and removed many of the
mice and rabbits who were caged there. Closer to home, there are numerous easy actions
that any of us can take to help animals in laboratories:
tweet this post to encourage your Twitter followers to get active for animals
in laboratories, too. We can win the
campaign to end the use of animals in laboratories, and we must. Millions of animals need us to.
Written by Jeff Mackey
The photograph is shocking. Dead monkeys,
piled high in garbage cans. If an ordinary picture is worth a thousand words,
this one screams them in horror. Even so, everyone should see it because it
deserves to become the image that immediately springs to mind when thinking
about primates in laboratories and the airlines responsible for transporting
them to their deaths.
The photo comes from a new investigation by the British Union for
the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) documenting how Noveprim—a company
owned in large part by Covance—has been killing off monkeys simply because they are not the size that
experimenters desire. Noveprim abducts wild monkeys from their homes on the
tiny island of Mauritius for breeding and sale to laboratories in the U.K. and
The sight of the lifeless monkeys discarded like crumpled
paper speaks volumes about the experimentation industry's absolute disregard for animals' lives. The monkeys were reportedly healthy, so at a minimum, Noveprim could have had
the decency to release them back into the wild—but decency would likely be a
hindrance to snatching and trafficking living beings.
France is reported to be the only airline still shipping primates to laboratories from
Mauritius. Earlier this year, PETA was successful in stopping one such shipment, and this new investigation underscores why Air France should ground these
Please join PETA in urging Air France and other airlines that still ship monkeys who have been ripped from their homes to laboratories
where they will be tormented and killed to wash their hands of the whole
When we told you that Air France was planning to ship 60
monkeys to the notorious Shin
Nippon Biomedical Laboratories
(SNBL) this week, you came through with tens of thousands of e-mails, Facebook
posts, tweets, and phone calls—and thanks to your quick action, Air France has now confirmed that the
shipment has been canceled!
Immediately upon learning that the monkeys were to be
shipped from a Bioculture-owned
monkey farm on the African island of Mauritius to Paris and then on to Chicago,
where they'd be loaded onto a truck bound for a facility operated by SNBL, PETA
got in touch with key executives at Air France urging them to cancel the
But with so little time to persuade Air
France to do the right thing, PETA swiftly appealed to members and supporters
to make sure that the airline got the message. And did it ever—so many of you
contacted Air France that the company stopped accepting public comments on two
of its high-profile Facebook pages and shut down its corporate phone lines!
While Air France's decision to cancel this shipment is great
news, PETA is now encouraging the French flag carrier to join the majority of
leading airlines in putting formal policies in place prohibiting all future
shipments of primates to laboratories.
Please join PETA in urging the airline industry to stop
transporting primates destined for cruel experiment.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.