Ask China Southern Airlines to Stop Shipping Monkeys to Be Tortured
Every year, tens of thousands of non-human primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia to the EU and US to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid monkey factory farms, while others are stolen from their families in the wild.
The traumatised monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the backs of trucks and the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers. In the UK, more than 1,000 monkeys are imported from beyond the borders of the EU each year, while according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 17,000 non-human primates were brought into the US in 2012 – nearly all of them destined for laboratories. More than 7,000 of these monkeys were imported by Covance, a notorious contract testing laboratory. A PETA US undercover investigation revealed that Covance workers hit and choked confused and terrified monkeys who were being force-fed chemicals through a tube jammed up their noses.
Virtually every major airline in the world – including British Airways, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines and dozens of others – refuses to take any part in this violent industry and prohibits the transportation of primates to laboratories. As a result of these compassionate policies, international primate trafficking has slowed substantially in the past five years, meaning fewer monkeys are suffering in laboratories and more are enjoying their freedom in the wild. However, China Southern Airlines is one of the few companies continuing to profit from animals' misery by transporting monkeys destined for laboratories abroad.
Please be a voice for the monkeys who are suffering in the primate trade. Urge China Southern Airlines to join its peers and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of non-human primates for use in experiments.
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