Written by Jeff Mackey
Check out these pictures from two recent protests held by PETA
and PETA Asia-Pacific outside Philippine Airlines' offices in San Francisco and Manila, respectively.
At stake: the lives of primates shipped by the airline to the U.S. for delivery
to experimenters, who will imprison,
abuse, and kill the terrified animals.
Philippine Airlines is one of only three major airlines still transporting primates
to laboratories. According to documents obtained by PETA, Philippine Airlines shipped 190
macaque monkeys—crammed into tiny crates—from Indonesia to Los Angeles in 2012.
All the monkeys were transported in dark, terrifying cargo holds below the feet
of unsuspecting passengers.
From L.A., the monkeys were trucked to a Texas quarantine
facility run by infamous Shin
Nippon Biomedical Laboratories before being finally transported to the University of Washington in Seattle. Monkeys at this laboratory are commonly infected with diseases,
have holes drilled into their skulls, and are deprived of food or water in
order to force them to cooperate in experiments.
For the past few months, PETA and PETA Asia-Pacific have
been trying to work with the airline to end this practice. Now that talks have
broken down, PETA and its affiliates have launched international protest campaigns by holding demonstrations and asking supporters to call the airline's San
Francisco office to press officials to end shipments of primates to
laboratories. (At one point, the airline was so overwhelmed with calls that it stopped
answering its phones!)
How You Can Help
PETA and its international affiliates will continue to
protest outside Philippine Airlines' offices worldwide until the carrier bans
the transport of primates for experimentation. Please politely urge Philippine
Airlines to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories by calling airline officials at
415-217-3150 and by participating in PETA's online action alert.
Update: In March, PETA reached out to Hainan Airlines, and representatives from
the airline confirmed that its policy remains firm: It still does not ship
primates to laboratories. In the written statement, Hainan Airlines representatives
said that they "fully agree" with PETA on this issue and that they
support our "effort in the protection of animal rights."
The following was originally posted on February 24, 2012:
Exciting news! Two more air carriers, TAM and Hainan
Airlines, have announced that they will no longer transport primates for use in
PETA and other animal protection organizations put the pressure on the airlines
after it was revealed that they were recently handling shipments of monkeys to
laboratories in North America.
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we're that much closer to stopping
the transport of primates for use in experiments once and for all—but we're not
Please continue to tell the few remaining airlines
that ship primates to laboratories—including Air France, China Eastern
Airlines, and Continental Airlines—that cruelty should be grounded.
We're delighted to announce a crucial victory in PETA's AirCruelty campaign.
This morning, China Eastern Airlines informed
PETA that as of March 1, 2013, it will no longer ship primates to laboratories
to be used in experiments!
This ends the export of monkeys from China for use in
laboratories! Prior to this exciting development, the majority of primates
imported into the United States for experimental use were from China—in 2012, more than 10,000
primates destined for U.S. laboratories came from China. After both China Southern and Air China stopped primate shipments for experiments following pressure from PETA, China
Eastern was left as the sole transporter of monkeys from that country to
laboratories. Its compassionate new policy means that animal experimenters are left without a single airline to transport
primates from China and PETA has now been successful in shutting down this market.
In recent months, PETA had stepped up pressure on China
Eastern by encouraging our members and supporters to contact the airline via
phone and e-mail. More than 100,000 of you took action. (Thank you!) Local
activists with Empty Cages
Los Angeles and other groups also helped increase pressure recently by conducting protests
at China Eastern offices around the world.
What You Can Do
This is an important advance in keeping primates away from
experimenters, but PETA won't rest until these smart and sensitive animals are
safe once and for all—and we hope you're in it for the long haul, too! Please urge the last three remaining
holdouts to follow China Eastern's example and adopt a formal policy prohibiting the
transport of primates destined for laboratories.
Some exhilarating news from
our neighbors (aka "neighbours" or "voisins") to the north: The Canadian Transportation Agency
(CTA) will allow Air Canada to ban shipments of primates destined for pain and
misery in laboratories.
leaves United Airlines as the only North American airline—and one of the few left in the world—to
continue this bloody business.)
Following pleas from PETA, other
organizations, and members of the public, Air
Canada first sought the
CTA's permission for the ban last year, stating that the proposed ban was "both to
align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in
response to widespread public concern." Following objections from animal
experimenters, the CTA initially did not approve the ban and scheduled a
hearing on the issue. PETA immediately filed comments as a "party of
interest," which were included in the official record, in support of Air
Canada's proposed ban.
CTA just released its decision in this matter, ruling entirely in favor of Air Canada and against the animal tormenters. In its lengthy
decision, the CTA pointed out that the airline had received "over 47,000 letters from the
public protesting its practice of transporting non-human primates for research
purposes" and that Air Canada "cannot ignore the overwhelming volume
of letters in opposition to the transport of non-human primates destined for
As the CTA decision makes clear, this victory was made
possible because of the appeals of concerned people—including the almost 19,000
PETA supporters who took action through this website. That's why it's so critical
to make sure that your voice is heard—please join PETA in urging the few remaining
airlines still willing to ship primates to laboratories to stop contributing to this cruelty.
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
In response to a series of significant animal welfare
violations and complaints filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) has taken the rare step of fining the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) almost $12,000 for repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare
Act. ONPRC imprisons, sickens, terrorizes, and mutilates thousands of monkeys
each year in experiments with impunity, so it's good to know that the facility
will be punished for causing animals to suffer more by failing to uphold even
The violations, which took place in 2009, included the escape of nine monkeys from the facility as well as the deaths of five other monkeys from a variety of
causes, including from dehydration, being injected with unapproved compounds, and improper procedures performed by an inadequately trained employee.
Following the escape, PETA called on the USDA to investigate and issue a fine
In 2007, PETA conducted a shocking undercover investigation, which exposed horrific laboratory conditions at ONPRC. The next year, the USDA
issued an "official
warning"—the precursor to a fine—to ONPRC. Internal documents obtained by PETA had revealed
that a sick pregnant monkey died after being denied veterinary care, that a
surgical sponge was left in a baboon—causing an abscess—and was discovered only
after he was killed for an experiment, and that experimenters mistakenly
performed surgery on the wrong monkey. After repeatedly finding negligence and
callous disregard, federal investigators are finally speaking the only language
that ONPRC understands: dollars and cents.
Take a stand for the animals imprisoned at ONPRC. Ask the National Institutes of
Health to stop funding cruel and useless nicotine experiments on animals at ONPRC and
Following a vigorous PETA campaign, Air China has confirmed
that it's joining nearly every other airline worldwide by refusing to transport
monkeys to laboratories. The airline's decision comes
less than 24 hours after PETA asked its Facebook and Twitter followers to call
Air China Cargo's main office at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport
and demand that the airline stop shipping primates to laboratories—a move that prompted
thousands of phone calls to the company.
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PETA's work to bring about this policy change dates back to
last year and has included pleas to company officials, complaints to the
government, phone and email protests and a demonstration at
Air China's office at Los Angeles International Airport. Last month, PETA filed
a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after a
laboratory-bound monkey escaped aboard an Air China flight. The USDA cited the airline, China's largest and their flagship carrier, for violating federal animal welfare laws and warned that
subsequent violations could result in civil penalties or criminal prosecution
for Air China.
This victory is also due to the thousands of members and supporters
who responded to PETA's action alert—resulting in at least 24,000 e-mails to
Air China's offices around the world—and to everyone who flooded Air China's
offices at JFK airport with calls asking the airline to stop shipping monkeys
China is the source of more than 70 percent of monkeys imported to
the U.S. for use in cruel experiments—and with Air China no longer
participating in this bloody trade, experimenters will find it harder to get
their hands on more victims.
There's still more work to be done! Please take a minute now
to urge the tiny handful
of airlines that still transport monkeys to laboratories to join Air China and its peers in adopting a policy against transporting primates
destined for experiments.
In response to a complaint filed by PETA in May, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Air China for violating federal
animal welfare laws. PETA's filing stemmed from an incident in which a monkey being
shipped to a laboratory escaped
from his cage during an Air China passenger flight at New York's JFK International Airport. The
monkey was part of a shipment of more than 100 macaques, crammed four to a crate,
who were headed to notorious South Carolina–based laboratory supplier and
experimentation facility Alpha Genesis, which itself has been cited for 14
violations of federal animal welfare laws over the last two years, including
violations for socially isolating monkeys and confining them to tiny barren
Air China was cited not only for transporting the monkey in
an unsecured enclosure but also for handling monkeys in a way that might cause
them harm—the tread mark of a shoe was found on the damaged crate, indicating
that someone may have kicked or stepped on it. Air China was also cited one month prior when a laboratory-bound monkey sustained injuries after being transported in an
enclosure with dangerously sharp edges.
Please join PETA in calling for Air China to join nearly
every major domestic and international airline—including American, Delta, China
Southern, Hainan, Lufthansa, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, El Al, and dozens of others—in refusing to transport primates to laboratories,
where they are caged, tormented in painful experiments, and then killed.
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.
Written by Alisa Mullins
You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to
know that all mammals need water to survive, yet this basic biology principle is
apparently lost on the clever folks at Harvard. For the second time in three
months, a monkey has died of dehydration at the Ivy League institution: On
Sunday, an elderly cotton-top tamarin was euthanized at Harvard Medical School (HMS)
after it was discovered that the monkey's cage had no water bottle, an
inexcusable oversight that led the university to suspend new experiments at its
New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC).
The monkey's death came on
the same day that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) made public an inspection report that revealed
three other incidents involving the neglectful endangerment
of monkeys at the facility in the past three months, including another monkey's
death. This recent series of deaths has
prompted PETA to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to suspend all
funding to HMS and NEPRC and to demand a refund of any grant money spent on
activity that violated federal animal protection laws, which is required by
federal grant guidelines.
Milo was imprisoned at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), a facility where PETA conducted
a shocking undercover investigation
The USDA has cited HMS and NEPRC for more than
20 violations of the Animal Welfare Act during the past two years, including
the following incidents involving serious injuries and deaths:
What PETA is asking for isn't
unprecedented. Other universities, including the University of Connecticut
and the University of
have had to return thousands of dollars in grant money after PETA and others uncovered
animal welfare violations. After all, it seems only reasonable that our
hard-earned tax dollars shouldn't be paying for activity that violates the law.
the recent deaths of monkeys at Harvard appear to have resulted from
carelessness, HMS and NEPRC confine 2,300 other primates and deliberately
commit unspeakable horrors against them, such as drilling holes into their
skulls and subjecting them to cocaine addiction experiments. Ask the NIH to
stop funding this cruelty at Harvard and elsewhere.
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