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The movement against animal testing is gaining new ground by the day. Social media is helping to change opinions on the subject, India has banned animal testing on all Indian-made and imported cosmetics, and “Big Bang Theory” actor Mayim Bialik has pledged her support for a Cruelty Free International campaign, urging the U.S. government to follow suit. Things are looking up!

And now, China Southern Airlines has announced that they will no longer transport primates for laboratory testing! Following a three-year campaign by PETA International, Chen Qiuhua, senior cargo manager for the airline, has finally stated that his company will “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights of China Southern Airlines, effective from March 21, 2014.”

PETA says, “Prior to this announcement, China Southern was the only major airline other than Air France that still shipped primates to laboratories. China Southern shipped monkeys to laboratories in the EU and US, where they were poisoned, crippled and mutilated in cruel experiments. Our campaigns (against the airline’s policies) included regular protests at airports and company offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Taiwan and Tokyo, and through PETA affiliate websites, more than 100,000 people sent e-mails to China Southern urging it to stop shipping primates.”

This announcement can only be greeted as a welcome relief for the countless monkeys who would otherwise have continued to be handed “a one-way ticket to experimentation and death” by China Southern.

However, it cannot be forgotten that Air France continues to be complicit in the barbaric torture and imprisonment of primates in research laboratories across the U.S. and the EU. While the airline cancelled an individual shipment of sixty African primates to a U.S. laboratory in 2012, following pressure from several animal rights groups, they have refused to discontinue the practice for good.

If you want to encourage them to end the practice, check out PETA’s dedicated campaign page, where a list of Air France e-mail addresses are provided, together with a suggested text for your message. Meanwhile, the British Union for the Abolishment of Vivisection (BUAV) is running a petition on Avaaz.org, aimed at eliminating the trade in laboratory-bound Mauritian primates.

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24 comments on “China Southern Airlines Bans Transport of Primates for Laboratory Testing!”

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Manel Dias
4 Years Ago

If this is really True, I am so happy about it. May be finally the Chinese people are too slowly coming to realize that such brutal practices these so called laboratory THUGS are doing to innocent animals is not OK. These animals are being abused & tortured every single day by these ruthless, heartless scientists to do the reserchs which are not even applicable to humans. These are total wasteful experiments done on helpless animals simply to grab their monthly pay cheque. Laboratories are funded by the Tax payers dollars and this has nothing to do with the animal reserch. This is a mass properganda unitedly done by the respective governing bodies and the so called reserch labs and their staff to rake the funds in Millions of dollars each year. Many former scientists have openly declared these type of reserch has no value at all for humans. If we need to find out our sicknesses how to cure then it should be tested on humans. Not on the rats, cats and monkeys. China Southern....if you took this stance to completely to stop transporting innocent animals to laboratories around the globe, I MUST say is THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS COMPASSIONATE & WISE DECISION. It is the right decision that you have taken now. It is not the money matters allways. "The meaning of life for all animals, is a life of Freedom" - A. D. Williams-

Karen V Petersen
4 Years Ago

How is Peta expected to find homes for all the animals ? Its a huge job , I rent so as much as I would love to help save a animals life I cannot, so what do you do with all the animals that they cannot find homes for ?

Karolane Gonzalez
4 Years Ago


Kerry Christy
4 Years Ago

wonder what all these peta bashers here do to help animals. thanks peta,this is a huge step for primates ..

Eileen Young
4 Years Ago

Stop putting down PETA! How many animals have you saved? Are your animals spade or neutered!!!!!!!! Thank you Peta for all your hard work for animals!

Ana Marija Cumming
4 Years Ago

Prestanite ljudi iskoristavati zivote zivotinja!

David McCollester
4 Years Ago

Yeah, they'll just use black planes with no windows and no manifest.

Kimberly Gonzalez
4 Years Ago

Please educate yourself before you try to bash on the largest animal rights organization in the world which does better for animals than any other. http://investigations.peta.org/petas-rescue-team/

Jennifer Nicole
4 Years Ago

Just research it for yourselves about PETA killing healthy animals for goodness sakes. If you don't believe something then be proactive in seeking the truth, whether it's to discredit it or prove it right!

Norton Kelly
4 Years Ago

Wouldn't expect them of that


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