PETA ‘Monkey’ to Unveil Giant Ad at O’Hare Calling Out Air France’s Cruel Primate Shipments

PETA Protest and Ad Will Alert Holiday Travelers to Air France's Bloody Business of Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories to Suffer, Die

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2014

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Chicago – A PETA “monkey” will greet passengers at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday with a powerful message—that Air France sends thousands of monkeys to their deaths in laboratories via O’Hare. The demonstration coincides with the placement of a brand-new 16-foot-long PETA ad in the airport’s international terminal asking Air France to stop shipping thousands of monkeys to U.S. laboratories, where they’re caged, poisoned, cut into, and killed. All these primates enter the United States through O’Hare. PETA’s ad comes just in time for the busiest travel season—and after long discussions with the city following the initial rejection of the ad.

When:   Wednesday, December 3, 12 p.m.

Where:  O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 5 Baggage Claim, 1000 W. O’Hare Ave., Chicago (Protesters will have a replica of the ad that is now placed inside the international terminal.)

“Holiday travelers will be appalled to know that, behind closed doors at O’Hare, Air France is unloading thousands of monkeys on their way to painful, deadly experiments,” says PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “PETA is calling on Air France to join every other major airline in the world in permanently banning the shipment of primates to laboratories.”

Air France shipped at least 5,500 monkeys to U.S. laboratories in 2013. 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. James Cromwell, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Peter Gabriel have all joined PETA in speaking out against Air France’s cruelty to monkeys.

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