Air France claims to be “Making the Sky the Best Place on Earth.” But in reality, the airline is making the sky a dangerous and scary place for many of its passengers. Air France continues to ship monkeys to laboratories, despite the fact that nearly every other major airline in the world has ceased sending monkeys on these horrific one-way flights.
Many of the animals being flown to laboratories have been snatched from the wild, ripped away from their homes and families. Crammed into tiny wooden crates in the cargo holds of passenger flights, they endure a dark and terrifying journey. Passengers above often have no idea how much pain and panicking is occurring beneath them.
Each year, tens of thousands of monkeys are flown to the U.S. from countries such as Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Vietnam. Upon arriving in the U.S., the animals are transported to facilities such as Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories and Covance—the U.S.’ largest importers of primates—to be imprisoned and tormented in experiments.
While pressure from PETA and our supporters caused Air France to cancel at least one scheduled shipment of 60 laboratory-bound monkeys, the company remains one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world. In fact, Air France is the only airline servicing the island of Mauritius—one of the largest exporters of monkeys for use in experiments—that is still willing to ship primates to laboratories.
Fortunately, almost all other airlines—including Aer Lingus, Air China, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Lufthansa, and Qantas—have shown great compassion by refusing to transport monkeys to laboratories.
What can you do? Well, if you’re a bunch of animal rights activists, you target Patton Boggs, the chief US lobbying firm for Air France, as myself and about 30 other activists did on Monday, to cap off a successful animal rights conference. What’s crazy is that Air France gave PB a measly $20,000, whereas some of their other clients gave upwards of a million! Shouldn’t this “reputable” law firm drop a small client and stop supporting animal cruelty?
You can also e-mail Air France-KLM directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them to follow suit of other airlines, like those listed above, and stop helping this unscientific vivisection of conscious, sentient beings. PETA’s action alert, with a pre-filled letter, can be found here. Note that back in January, a campaign similar to this worked, halting a transport of 60 monkeys from from Africa to the United States. It’s time to put the pressure back on!