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Victory! China Southern Airlines Ends Shipments of Primates to Labs

Written by PETA | March 21, 2014

Today is a day for celebration! A senior official from China Southern Airlines (CSA) has just sent an e-mail to PETA announcing that the airline will immediately “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights.”

The airline had been the target of relentless PETA campaigns by PETA and our international affiliates, which included protests in Bangkok, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere. Activists in Los Angeles held regular protests at CSA’s office there. PETA and our international affiliates coordinated dozens of actions in which our supporters flooded CSA with more than 100,000 e-mails and telephone calls asking it to stop shipping primates to laboratories, where they would suffer and die in experiments. Some of these call-in actions happened as recently as this week.

China Southern Demo at LAX

Pamela Anderson sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to the airline pleading for it to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories. PETA also purchased CSA stock with the intent of using our position as a shareholder to change corporate policy about shipping primates to laboratories.

China Southern Demo Primates in Cages

In December, PETA placed a billboard targeting CSA outside the airline’s cargo office at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where all of the more than 2,500 primates on CSA flights came into the U.S. last year.

China Southern Cruelty Billboard

Among the laboratories that CSA shipped monkeys to was the notoriously cruel Covance, where a PETA investigator documented that monkeys had tubes forced down their throats so that experimental substances could be pumped into their stomachs.

In its e-mail to PETA, CSA states that the airline will now “play a supporting role for animal protection and welfare in conjunction with PETA.”

CSA was the only major commercial airline based in China that still shipped primates to laboratories, and its policy change leaves Air France as the only major airline left in the world that is willing to ship monkeys for use in experiments. It will now be extremely difficult and costly for experimenters to get their hands on monkeys to torment. Thanks in large part to the hard work of PETA members and supporters like you who e-mailed, called, and protested, more monkeys will remain in their natural habitats with their families instead of being captured and imprisoned at decrepit breeding farms and in terrifying laboratories.

What You Can Do

Please tell Air France to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories.

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  • Gina Goff says:

    You Rock PETA!!!! Thank you for your work!!!

  • no animal should ever be used in a lab. animals are not here for humans to do what they want with-they are living breathing beautiful loving creatures with their own purpose to fulfill in life and man should not interfere with that.god bless peta and all people that love animals.i pray someday all labs are abolished.please never stop helping the helpless.

  • Michael says:

    Keep doing what you are doing PETA!! As WE can see it does work. Save all the animals. Especially Chinas treatment of ANGORA RABBITS!!! They aer so loving a friendly. They just want to live with there family. Please keep helping the animals PETA.

  • Lisa Chassey says:

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has.

  • Berthou says:

    Thank´s it´s amazing

  • Please stop shipping monkeys to laboratories. it so cruel,the deserve freedom and respect.

  • pat furnie says:

    Hooray for peta, keep up the good work you all do !!!

  • Jennifer kolodij says:

    This is wrong and cruel what if this was one of your children or family member being shipped off somewhere to be killed. Its just not right.

  • Yukari Sugisaa says:

    Great !! When I called to Tokyo office, I was told to call to the office in China because the decision is made by China. So I was going to call, but it ended up that I did not have to call to China, because I saw this great news. But I am going to tell Tokyo office that I am happy and I thak to their decision!

  • Manel says:

    If this is really happened & If The China Southern Airline has confirmed their intention of protecting the vulnerable animals, INSTEAD transporting them for barbaric Laboratories around the globe, then for sure my hat is off to these people!!! I am extreamely overjoyed to say the least, to hear such wonderful news coming from the CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES. Obviously we the Humans are considered to be the most intelligent creatures on this earth. IF IT IS THE CASE, & If it is the real thing then ‘IT IS OUR DUTY TO HELP & PROTECT THE VULNERABLES, be it a Big or Small, every living animal on this globe must be taken into consideration. It is time for every Nation to listen & learn, to the grisly & chilling details of the mass murders of the laboratory animals’ untimely deaths stories. Who has given Man? the right to murder any living being???
    However, CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES THANK YOU FOR answering to the publics outcry and their tears they shed on behalf of the most vulnerable animals on the planet earth…’the Laboratory Animals”. GOD WILL RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL for the stance that you have taken on behalf of these Voiceless Animals. Once again THANK YOU. THANK YOU for ever.

  • Minso says:

    Thank you all good and brave people for signing and making efforts for these poor little animals. I am really shocked at the tortures and pains that monkeys have suffered from. This cruelty must be ended! So let’s do it again to get another victory for animals!

  • Linda says:

    Thank u! God thank u! Blessed r all the good people and every-one 4 sighning and sharing!! Now we need France 2 stop the madness!! Right now!!