The Airline Is the Only Asian Carrier to Profit From Cruel and Deadly Primate Laboratory Trade
For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2014
Taipei — Wearing barely more than bodypaint in order to resemble a “bloody” China Southern Airlines logo and holding a sign that reads, “China Southern Airlines: Stop Cruelty to Monkeys,” a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will make a plea for animals’ lives outside China Southern Airlines’ office in Taipei on Tuesday. 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 only two of the world’s major airlines still take part in.
When: Tuesday, February 25, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside China Southern Airlines‘ ticketing office, No. 69, Sec. 3, Minsheng E. Road, Taipei City (an eight-minute walk from MRT Zhongshan Junior High School Station)
Documents obtained by PETA indicate that China Southern Airlines recently shipped 360 macaque monkeys in tiny crates from Guangzhou to Chicago, only to end up at Covance, a notoriously cruel testing laboratory that has a long history of violating U.S. animal protection laws. Monkeys at Covance are locked alone in tiny steel cages and commonly have thick plastic tubes forced up their nostrils and down their throats to pump experimental substances into their stomachs. Covance also sells primates to other laboratories where they are infected with diseases, addicted to drugs, given brain damage, crippled and killed.
“China Southern Airlines is out of step with the rest of the industry and apparently has no problem adding primate torture to its balance sheet,” says PETA’s Ashley Fruno. “China Southern Airlines 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.”
In 2012, China Southern Airlines paid a $15,000 fine to the U.S. government for shipping monkeys without a valid license and for leaving confined monkeys without food and water for days. Several of them died, and others resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. The U.S. government recently confirmed that it has another ongoing investigation into China Southern Airlines for violating animal protection laws.
Many of the largest and best-known carriers in the world—including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines, and American Airlines—now refuse to ship primates to laboratories. This change has resulted in a 40 percent decrease in the number of primates imported by U.S. laboratories over the past five years.
For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.