First Class! China Eastern Airlines Stops Shipping Primates to Labs
Woohoo! Yet another airline has seen the light and taken a stand against trafficking monkeys for cruel animal tests. Following a campaign by PETA US that included public protests, a flood of phone calls and hundreds of e-mails and tweets, China Eastern Airlines today announced that it has ended “transportation of laboratory primates as of Mar. 01, 2013”.
More than 10,000 monkeys were shipped to the US from China in 2012 to be cut up, poisoned, drugged and killed. The best part of this victory is that it effectively ends the export of monkeys from China altogether. China Eastern was the only airline still transporting Chinese monkeys to overseas labs, so now that it’s joined Air China and China Southern Airlines in refusing these grim shipments, animal experimenters are running out of options.
That leaves only three major airlines in the world which continue to transport primates destined for experiments – Air France, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines – and we’re working hard to get them to change their ways! Please help us tell Air France to stop facilitating the torment and mutilation of monkeys.