Airline Is the Last Major Holdout in the World to Profit From Cruel and Deadly Laboratory Trade
Taipei— An activist, cagedand body painted to looklike a monkey, will lead a protest outside Air France'sTaipei office on Thursday. The action is a joint effort by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Life Conservationist Association (LCA), andAnimal Rights Advocacy Alignment (ARAA). It is part of a world-wide campaign that includes protests around the world, ad campaigns, online initiatives, guerilla marketing and celebrity support. Air Franceis the only major airline in the world that still ships primates to laboratories where they are caged, cut into, poisoned, and killed.
Documents obtained by PETA indicate that Air France shipped at least 5,000 monkeys to labs in the US in 2013, and thousands more to labs in the EU to be used in cruel and deadly experiments.
"Air France is out of step with the rest of the industry and apparently has no problem adding primate torture to its balance sheet," says PETA's Vice-President of International Operations Jason Baler. "Air France is every bit as responsible for the pain, suffering, and death that these animals are subjected to as the experimenters who wield the syringes, drills, and scalpels. As long as they continue to profit from this cruel industry, they can expect animal rights activists protesting outside their offices."
"With World Animal Day in just a few days, this joint effort against Air France's cruel practice of primate shipments by LCA, ARAA and PETA shows how people in Taiwan have raised awareness on most aspects of animal protection," says LCA's Director Ho Tsung-hsun. "We urge consumers to make sure their purchases don’t support cruel industries so they don't become a complicit in animal abuse unknowingly."
"Boycott Air France until every cage is empty," says ARAA Founder Luo Dan.
Many of the largest and best-known carriers in the world—including Air China, China Southern Airlines, Eva Air, Cathy Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, and American Airlines—now refuse to ship primates to laboratories. 
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