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Renews Call for Airline to Stop Transporting Primates to Laboratories
Contact:Kristin Richards 202-483-7382
Va. -- After learning that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited Air
China in April for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act when a likely
laboratory-bound crab-eating monkey sustained injuries after being transported
to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in a dangerously sharp
enclosure, PETA is renewing its call for the airline to end the practice of
shipping primates slated for experimentation.
the USDA inspection of Air China, it also observed another shipment of 110
crab-eating macaques, probably destined for laboratories as well. Nearly every
major domestic and international airline—including American, Delta, British
Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and dozens of others—refuses to transport primates to
laboratories, where they are caged, tormented in painful experiments, and then
primates imported for experimentation, the suffering starts well before they
are locked into laboratory cages," says PETA Vice President Kathy
Guillermo. "PETA is calling on Air China to join the dozens of airlines
that have refused to participate in a bloody trade that tears primates away
from their families and ships them in terrifying conditions to laboratories,
where they are caged, poisoned, and killed."
nearly every major airline in the world has a policy against shipping primates
to laboratories, a handful of airlines—including Air France, China Eastern
Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines—continues to transport tens
of thousands of primates from countries such as China, Mauritius, Cambodia,
Vietnam, and Indonesia. Some of these primates are bred in captivity on
cramped, squalid monkey farms, while others are torn away from their families
in the wild. The traumatized animals are crammed into small wooden crates and
transported for as long as 30 hours in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of
planes, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers.
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