PHOTOS: Air France Faces Embarrassing Moment at Airline Conference

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It can take courage to stand up for your convictions. Fortunately, compassionate PETA supporters have bucket loads of it!

Today, in a room full of suited airline bosses discussing the future of aviation, this activist stood up and made her voice heard – literally – about Air France’s cruelty to primates. Just before a speech by Air France Executive Pieter Elbers in London, she crashed the venue with a banner and a demand for the airline to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.

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She was eventually escorted from the room, but the shocked audience had already received the message loud and clear. Air France’s monkey trafficking needs to stop. A few days earlier in France, this plucky individual paid a visit to Air France’s expo in Paris:

(Video created by for PETA France.)

For the non-Francophones, here’s an extract from his speech:

Ladies and gentlemen, shame on Air France, the last company to transport monkeys for laboratories! Yes, today the airline still carries monkeys and other animals to vivisection laboratories! … Do not close your eyes anymore, and see what happens! Today these animals die in airplanes. Three out of 10 die before arriving. … These animals are transported on scheduled flights while you are travelling!

Another supporter seized the opportunity to pose in an airline seat at the same event:

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These are just the latest incidents in a campaign that has spanned multiple continents. People all over the world – including actor James Cromwell and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall – have been voicing their disgust at Air France’s callous disregard for animals.

The thousands of monkeys shipped by Air France every year end up in laboratories, where they’re caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with deadly diseases and killed.

Every other major airline has stopped transporting primates for animal testing, and pressure is mounting for Air France to do the same. Please join the movement:

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