Urgent: Airline Plans to Transport 80 Monkey’s for Experiments!
PETA just learned that China Southern Airlines plans to cram 80 nonhuman primates into 32 wooden crates for a terrifying trip in the cargo hold of passenger flight CZ327. This flight is scheduled to depart this coming Monday, August 15, 2011, and will arrive in Los Angeles, where the monkeys will then undergo another stressful and grueling 1,500-mile trip in the back of a truck to a quarantine facility in Alice, Texas, owned by Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL)—a company that was recently assessed a $31,000 fine for numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. SNBL also garnered notoriety in 2008 after a whistleblower revealed that a monkey was boiled to death when her cage was put into a high-temperature cage-washing machine while she was still in it.
The monkeys will ultimately wind up at Harlan Laboratories, a company that both conducts tests on animals and sells animals to other laboratories. These social, intelligent animals face a future in which they will be confined to small barren steel cages and subjected to cruel and deadly experiments.
A growing number of airlines refuse to take any part in the violent animal experimentation industry by prohibiting the transport of primates to laboratories for use in experiments. These airlines include some of the biggest names in the cargo and passenger airline industry, such as Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, China Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and many others.
URGENT: Please click here to send an e-mail which will include the letter below to China Southern Airlines and urge the company to refuse to fly these monkeys on Monday, August 15, 2011, and to adopt a formal policy against the transport of nonhuman primates for use in experiments.
I was dismayed to learn that China Southern Airlines still transports nonhuman primates for use in experiments and is planning to fly 80 monkeys to a laboratory in the U.S. on August 15. Primates in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented. In addition, primates suffer as a result of the long and grueling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the back of trucks. For these reasons, other airline companies–including Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, and China Airlines–refuse to transport primates for use in experiments. It is shameful that China Southern Airlines lags behind and continues to support this ethically reprehensible practice.
Please cancel the shipment of the 80 monkeys on flight CZ327, scheduled for departure August 15. Please also join leading airline companies and adopt a formal policy prohibiting the transport of primates destined for laboratories to ensure that your company plays no role in the suffering of these highly intelligent and sensitive animals.
This Article was published on the People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA website.