Airline Is Only Major Carrier Still Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories
For Immediate Release:
10 June 2014
Dubai – Confined to a cage and holding a sign that reads, “Air France: Deplane Monkeys”, a PETA member will protest outside Air France’s Dubai office on Wednesday to demand that the airline stop shipping thousands of monkeys to laboratories, where they are imprisoned in tiny cages, cut into, poisoned, crippled, addicted to drugs, shocked and killed. Air France is the only airline in the world that still engages in this practice, as many airlines, such as Emirates Air and Etihad Airways, have banned the shipment of primates bound for experimentation.
When: Wednesday, 11 June, 11:30 am sharp
Where: Outside Air France’s Dubai office, Al Shoala Complex Ground Floor, Al Maktoum Road (at the corner of Al Ittihad Road, outside Exit 4 of Deira City Center metro station). A map is available here.
“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, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates Air, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Air Arabia, United Airlines and Vietnam Airlines have all banned the transport of monkeys destined for experiments.
Last month, world-renowned primate expert Dr. Jane Goodall called on Air France to end its involvement in this cruel trade.
For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.