Shipment Of Primates Prompts PETA Ad Outside Heathrow Airport
7 April 2015
New PETA Campaign Alerts Travellers to Air France’s Bloody Business of Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories to Suffer and Die
London – Today, PETA launched a new airport ad campaign just in time for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. The giant billboard – which is situated just outside London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 – will greet travellers with a powerful message: Air France ship primates to laboratories, where they’re caged, poisoned, cut into and killed.
“Holiday travellers would be appalled to know that Air France are transporting thousands of monkeys to laboratories, where they’ll be subjected to painful, deadly experiments”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA are calling on Air France to join every other major airline in the world in permanently banning the shipment of primates to laboratories.”
Flying in and out of Heathrow Terminal 4, Air France are the last major airline to ship primates to laboratories in the UK, which imports approximately 1,500 primates each year. Some of the animals they ship come from squalid monkey farms, 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, enduring a transit time of up to 30 hours before they reach their final – and deadly – destination. James Cromwell, Dr Jane Goodall and Peter Gabriel, among others, have joined PETA and its affiliates in speaking out against Air France’s cruelty to monkeys.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.