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Terror at 30,000 Feet: No, This Isn’t an ‘American Horror Story’ Script

Written by Alisa Mullins | April 28, 2014

Fitting his 6-foot-7-inch frame into a shipping crate, American Horror Story star James Cromwell led a spirited PETA protest at the Air France international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The protesters were demanding that Air France join every other major airline in the world and stop transporting intelligent, social primates to laboratories, where they are tortured—sometimes for decades—before being killed.

James Cromwell at LAX Air France Demo

“The real horror story is the pain and terror of the monkeys in Air France’s cargo holds beneath the feet of unsuspecting passengers,” said Cromwell, who also recently protested cruel experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “My friends at PETA and I are telling Air France that cruelty shouldn’t fly and that the airline needs to join the rest of the industry in refusing to deliver primates to their deaths in laboratories.”

After China Southern Airlines agreed to stop shipping primates for use in experiments last month, Air France became the only major airline in the world that still ships terrified monkeys to laboratories, where they’re confined to cramped cages, poisoned with drugs and chemicals, infected with diseases, intentionally injured, deprived of food and water, and ultimately killed.

James Cromwell Air France Demo at LAX

Some of these animals come from squalid monkey farms, while others are torn away from their homes and families in the wild. The primates are crammed into small wooden crates and transported inside dark cargo holds for nearly 30 hours before they reach their final—and deadly—destination. Air France shipped at least 5,500 monkeys to U.S. laboratories in 2013.

What You Can Do

Please tell Air France that you won’t set foot on one of its flights as long as it makes primates’ lives misérable.

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  • Judy says:

    There are plenty of people that would volunteer to get paid to have products tested on them. Anyone who would harm animals to find out if shampoo burns their eyes is insane. Who would purposely put shampoo in their eyes and not think it wouldn’t burn? Just a drop and you’re running your eyes under the water. We don’t need animals tortured to tell us that things are harmful. The world better wake up before it’s too late. Anyone can see that animals are not inanimate objects that don’t feel pain. I wonder about the people who preform the tests. What kind of people are they that. The days of Hitler come to mind. We are nothing less than he was. The only difference is the animals can’t call anyone for help. Someone needs to be their voice, or the atrocities will continue. God put animals on this earth for a reason, and it wasn’t for torture.

  • Nancy Dunlap says:

    Is it really worth it to your airlines to fly these animals to their deaths? I think if you do some research on some the ‘research’ done to animals, you will find that it some of this testing has been done over and over and over repeating the same tests. You must ask yourself why? It is so unnecessary and if you look deeper into the details of this activity, you will see with more clarity that so much of it is redundant, and actually does not need to be done on animals in order to get understanding of a disease, a test pill etc. Please please look deeper and investigate these situations and you may find in your heart and soul that it is not worth it for you and the company to do this.

  • Sam says:

    Don’t fly Air France until they change their policy of transporting innocent monkeys to torture labs.

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