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Airline Will No Longer Transport Monkeys to Be Cut Up, Poisoned, and Killed in Cruel Experiments
For Immediate Release:July 31, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
New York -- Following a vigorous PETA campaign that included
complaints to the government, thousands of e-mails and phone calls, and public
protests, Air China has confirmed to PETA that it is joining China Southern
Airlines, China Airlines, and dozens of other leading companies in the cargo
and passenger airline industry worldwide in refusing to transport monkeys to
laboratories. In an e-mail sent today to PETA, Air China's cargo manager, Jason
Wang, wrote, "[Air China has] stopped conducting this business." 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 John F. Kennedy
airport and demand that the airline stop shipping primates to laboratories—a
move that led to thousands of phone calls to the company.
"China is the source of more than 70 percent of monkeys
imported to the U.S. for use in cruel experiments—and now that Air China is no
longer participating in this bloody trade, U.S. experimenters will find it
harder to get their hands on more victims," says PETA Senior Vice
President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "PETA will
continue to pressure airlines worldwide to follow Air China's lead and stop
delivering primates to certain suffering and death."
PETA's complaints to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
regarding Air China's unsafe handling of laboratory-bound monkeys resulted in citations
against the airline for violating federal law. An action
alert posted on PETA's website last week prompted more than 23,000 people
to e-mail Air China.
Nearly every major domestic and international airline—including
American, Delta, Lufthansa, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, and
dozens of others—refuses to transport primates to laboratories, where they are
caged, tormented in painful experiments, and then killed. Only a small handful
of airlines—including Air France, China Eastern Airlines, United Airlines
subsidiary Continental Cargo, Philippine Airlines, and Vietnam
Airlines—continue this practice.
For more information, please visit PETA.org/AirCruelty.
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