China Southern Airlines Fined for Illegally Shipping Monkeys to Labs

Published by Paula Moore.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined China Southern Airlines $11,600 for illegally shipping 1,380 monkeys over a six-month period in 2013 from breeding facilities in China to laboratories in the United States without a federal license to do so. The agency’s action was prompted by a complaint that PETA filed after a concerned whistleblower tipped us off. China Southern was also fined $14,000 in 2012 for shipping primates without a license and for not providing adequate food, water, and veterinary care—resulting in the deaths of 16 monkeys.

Thankfully, China Southern’s monkey shipments—legal or not—are now a thing of the past. Last month, following a three-year campaign by PETA entities worldwide, the company announced that it would join almost every other major airline in the world—including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Air China, El Al Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and dozens of others—by refusing to continue taking part in this violent industry. As more and more airlines have agreed to stop shipping primates to laboratories—where they’re poisoned, crippled, and mutilated—experimenters have had a more difficult time getting their hands on monkeys to torment in their archaic experiments.

Tell Air France That Cruelty Doesn’t Fly

Now that China Southern is out of the market, please help us convince Air France to stop transporting primates to deadly laboratories. Take action today!

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind