Hélène de Fougerolles to Air France: ‘You Are Making France Ashamed’
Hélène de Fougerolles fired off a letter last week calling on Air France to stop delivering monkeys to laboratories, where they’re caged, experimented on and killed.
The French actor and star of films such as Le Péril Jeune, La Plage, Fanfan La Tulipe, Pardonnez-Moi and Diane Kurys‘ upcoming film, C’est le Métier Qui Rentre, wrote, “The thought of monkeys being loaded into the dark cargo hold of Air France passenger planes shocks and upsets me”.
The monkeys Air France transport have been traumatically captured from their jungle home or are the young offspring of mothers who were taken from the wild and forced to breed at horrendous monkey farms. One recent exposé of a supplier in Mauritius that Air France apparently service showed that babies are roughly torn away from their mothers and crudely tattooed for identification while still conscious. The primates are crammed into small wooden crates and transported inside dark cargo holds for nearly 30 hours before they reach their final – in all meanings of the word – destination. Air France shipped at least 5,500 monkeys to US laboratories in 2013. Actor James Cromwell, acclaimed primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, musician Peter Gabriel and fashion designer Lolita Lempicka have all spoken out against Air France’s cruelty to monkeys.
“By acting this way, you are making France ashamed”, Hélène added in her letter. Join her in writing to Air France about their unethical policy.