The Airline Is the Only Major Carrier to Profit From Transporting Primates to Cruel and Deadly Laboratories
For Immediate Release:
26 March 2014
Singapore – 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 Singapore 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. Following China Southern Airlines’ announcement last week that it has ended the practice, Air France is the only major airline in the world still transporting monkeys destined for experimentation.
When: Thursday, 27 March, noon
Where: Outside Air France’s ticketing office, 79 Anson Rd, No. 06-01/02/03 Phoenix Tower, Singapore
Air France ships thousands of primates to U.S. and European experimentation facilities from Mauritius and Vietnam, where the monkeys are captured in the wild and bred on decrepit breeding farms. They’re crammed into tiny wooden crates before being loaded into cargo holds below the feet of unsuspecting Air France passengers. Once they arrive at the laboratories, the monkeys are locked alone in tiny steel cages, infected with diseases, crippled and subjected to other cruel experiments. Documents obtained by PETA US indicate that Air France shipped approximately 5,000 monkeys to laboratories in the United States in 2013.
“Air France is out of step with the rest of the airline industry and apparently has no problem adding primate torture to its balance sheet”, says PETA’s Ashley Fruno. “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.”
China Southern Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and dozens of others have banned shipments of primates to laboratories.
For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.