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.