This morning I received an email from PETA Asia concerning a petition I had signed earlier this year. Thanks to animal lovers worldwide, our bid to stop China Southern Airlines transporting live primates for laboratory experiments has proved successful.
Following an intense, international PETA campaign, which included more than 100,000 calls and e-mails from supporters, China Southern Airlines announced in an e-mail to PETA U.S. that it will “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights”—effective immediately!
Prior to this announcement, China Southern was the only airline in China—and the only major carrier in the world other than Air France—still shipping primates to laboratories. Records show that in 2013, China Southern shipped more than 2,500 monkeys to laboratories in the U.S., where they were poisoned, infected, crippled, and mutilated in cruel experiments.
China Southern joins the growing list of airlines—including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and United Airlines—that PETA and their affiliates have convinced to stop supporting this bloody trade. Air France is now the only major airline left that is willing to ship monkeys, so it will be extremely difficult and expensive for experimenters to get their hands on monkeys to torment. This means that more primates will remain in the wild with their families instead of being trapped and imprisoned at decrepit breeding farms and terrifying laboratories.
If you would like more information as to why animal experimentation doesn’t work, check out the Huffington Post three part series by Aysha Akhtar (M.D., M.P.H. Neurologist, public health specialist). She uses her academic knowledge and experience in the field to give us three main reasons as to why animal experiments should end.
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