Protesting ‘Monkeys’ to be Caged Outside Air France Expo

PETA Members to Protest Airline's Bloody Business: Shipping Primates to Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2014

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New York – Wearing monkey masks and prison uniforms, a group of PETA supporters will lock themselves in cages outside the Air France Expo in Chelsea on Friday. The protesters will demand that Air France join every other major airline in the world and stop flying thousands of terrified monkeys every year to laboratories, where they’re caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with deadly diseases, and killed.

When:   Friday, June 27, noon

Where:  Center 548, 548 W. 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th avenues), New York

“PETA’s protesters will tell expo attendees what Air France won’t—that beneath the feet of Air France passengers, terrified monkeys are being shipped to their deaths in laboratories,” says PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “It’s long past time for Air France to put this cruel cargo on its no-fly list.”

Air France is the only major airline in the world that still ships primates to laboratories. 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. Air France shipped at least 5,500 monkeys to U.S. laboratories in 2013.

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