Air France Urged To Stop Transporting Monkeys To Labs By Vegan Activists

Other major airlines have stopped taking the animals to be experimented on
Monkeys are transported to labs for animal testing by Air France
A number of airlines have stopped transporting the animals to labs (Photo: PETA)

Vegan activists are calling on Air France to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories to be experimented on.

According to animal rights charity PETA, the airline is one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world, and 'every other major airline in the world has stopped sending monkeys on these horrific one-way flights'.

Now the charity - as well as large numbers of its supporters and other campaigners - are urging the air carrier to follow businesses including United Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air China, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines among others, and refuse to transport monkeys to laboratories.


WARNING: This footage shows animals in distress


According to PETA: "The monkeys Air France ships are bred in captivity on squalid factory farms or are snatched from the wild, torn away from their homes and families. Crammed into tiny wooden crates in the cargo holds on passenger and cargo flights, the monkeys endure a dark and terrifying journey.

"Upon arriving in the U.S., the animals are transported to dealers like Primate Products and laboratories - including Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Charles River Laboratories, and Covance, some of the largest importers of monkeys in the U.S. - where they are imprisoned and tormented in experiments."

Air France has before canceled an individual shipment of monkeys as a result of public pressure, leading activists to call for a permanent ban.

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