Caged ‘Animals’ to Air India: Stop Shipping Us to Our Deaths in Laboratories

Airline Backtracks From Ban and Continues Cruel and Deadly Trade; Campaigns by PETA and Its Affiliates Span Mumbai to D.C. 

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2013

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Washington —  Wearing prisoner uniforms and dog, rabbit, and rat masks; crouching in stacked cages; and holding signs that read, “Air India Ships Animals to Deadly Experiments,” six PETA members will plead for animals’ lives outside the Indian Embassy in Washington on Thursday. The action is in protest of Air India’s about-face on its ban on transporting animals to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned, and killed. This marks the first action that PETA has taken against Air India. PETA India has been campaigning against the airline since it lifted its ban.

When:   Thursday, May 2, 12 noon

Where:  Embassy of India, Q Street N.W. between Massachusetts Avenue N.W. and 21st Street N.W., Washington (See this map.)

“Air India’s repeated assurances that it will refuse to transport animals to laboratories apparently meant nothing—the airline has gone right back to shipping animals to their deaths,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “Air India officials are every bit as guilty of the pain, suffering, and death that these animals are subjected to as the experimenters who wield the poisons and scalpels.”

Many of the largest and most well-known carriers in the world, including U.S. Airways, Virgin Airlines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, EVA Air, FedEx, and UPS, prohibit shipping animals to laboratories. Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, also recently committed to a ban on transporting animals slated for experimentation.

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