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Chinese air carrier Hainan Airlines – which banned shipping monkeys to the US a decade ago after discussions with PETA US – has recently gone back on its word and shipped hundreds of monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.
Let it know that its participation in the global monkey exploitation pipeline is unacceptable.
720 Macaques Shipped to Laboratories
In August 2022, Hainan Airlines shipped 720 sensitive, endangered long-tailed macaques – who were crammed into 144 wooden crates – from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Beijing, China, (a 4.5-hour trip) and then to Chicago, US (a 13-hour flight). The monkeys were forced to sit in their own faeces, urine, and blood, terrified of what they might face next.
After arriving in the US, they were presumably packed into lorries and eventually taken to their final destination: a laboratory where they’ll be used for experimentation, facing torment and pain.
While PETA entities, our supporters, and the public have persuaded nearly every major airline in the world to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, Hainan Airlines seems determined to continue this cruel trade with its shameful policy U-turn. In 2012 and again in 2013, its executives pledged that it would no longer ship monkeys destined for US laboratories.
PETA US has contacted Hainan Airlines executives to ask them to reconsider the company’s involvement in this cruel industry and stop shipping monkeys to laboratories immediately. No ethical company wants its name to be associated with this vile and sordid trade.
EGYPTAIR, for instance, recently announced that it would stop transporting monkeys to laboratories following three months of vigorous campaigning by PETA entities worldwide. Other organisations – including Action for Primates in the UK, Stop Camarles in Spain, and One Voice in France – also campaigned to end the shipments.
Monkeys Are Not Cargo
Every year, tens of thousands of monkeys are sent to the US to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments that consistently fail to lead to meaningful scientific advances.
These highly social and sensitive individuals are either captured from their homes in nature or bred in captivity on squalid factory farms, where many die from injury and disease even before they’re crammed into small wooden crates and confined to the dark, terrifying cargo holds of planes for more than 15 hours.
Like all other primates, monkeys are highly social animals who live in tight-knit groups and use vocalisations, body language, and facial expressions to communicate with each other. In laboratories, they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.
Take Action for Monkeys Now!
Please urge Hainan Airlines to keep its promise and not send monkeys to laboratories or be involved in this cruel industry in any other way. The airline should stick by its word and join other industry leaders in prohibiting shipments of primates destined for laboratories and laboratory suppliers.
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