Naked Activist To Air France: Stop Shipping Monkeys To Laboratories To Die Painfully

The Airline Is the Only Carrier to Profit From Transporting Primates to Cruel and Deadly Labs

For Immediate Release:

27 August 2014

Hong Kong Wearing barely more than bodypaint in order to resemble a “bloody” Air France logo and holding a sign that reads, “Air France: Stop Cruelty to Monkeys”, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will make a plea for animals’ lives outside Air France’s office in Hong Kong on Thursday. The action is to protest the company’s policy of shipping primates to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed – a practice that no other major airlines still take part in.

When:             Thursday, 28 August, 11:45 am

Where:           Outside Air France’s office, 248 Queen’s Rd. E, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

“By shipping monkeys for experimentation, Air France is every bit as responsible for the pain, suffering and death that these animals are subjected to as the experimenters who wield the syringes, drills and scalpels”, says PETA Asia campaigner Ashley Fruno. “Air France should let animal abusers know that cruelty doesn’t fly by joining every other major airline in banning shipments of primates to laboratories.”

Some of these animals come from squalid monkey farms in Africa and Asia, 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 in laboratories in the US and EU.

Air France is the only major airline in the world that still ships primates to laboratories. Air China, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, United Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, among others, have all banned the transport of monkeys destined for experiments.

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