What This Airline Doesn't Want You to See

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Posted April 29, 2014 by Kim Johnson

Air France is the only major airline in the world that still ships monkeys to their deaths in laboratories. Here’s how it happens:

1. Every year, more than 10,000 monkeys are shipped to laboratories in the United States.

1. monkey in cage

2. Some are traumatically captured in the jungle …

3. … and some are the babies of wild-caught monkeys who are bred on decrepit factory farms in Asia and Africa.

3. monkey in large cage

4. On these farms, monkeys starve …

4. starving skinny monkey

5. … are injured …

5. sad injured monkey in cage

6. …and die.

6. sad dead monkey in cage

7. Here, a breeder shows off his “product”—a new mother—while her baby still clings to her.

7. monkey and baby

8. When it is time for transport, monkeys are locked in small shipping crates.

8. monkeys shipped air france

9. Here, terrified monkeys wait on the tarmac to be loaded onto a plane.

9. monkeys airplane air france

They are often loaded right under the feet of unsuspecting passengers.

10. Sometimes the monkeys are not given food, water, or veterinary care and die excruciating and terrifying deaths during multi-stop journeys that can last more than 30 hours.

10. dead monkeys

11. Those who survive the grueling flights are loaded onto trucks and sent on days-long cross-country trips to laboratories.

11. monkeys on truck

12. They are dark, terrifying places.

12. monkeys cages

13. Monkeys are subjected to painful, invasive, and irrelevant experiments.

Monkey experiment

14. Monkeys are starved and restrained in order to force them to participate in experiments …

14. monkey in lab animal testing

15. … are infected with diseases …

(video still) monkey lying on a table, lab tech holding a syringe

16. … and are roughly force-fed chemicals and drugs.

16 monkey animal testing lab

17. Their heads are drilled into, and objects are screwed into them.

primate, Frik, with a device on his head in a cage

18. Ultimately, they are killed.

(video still) monkey with injuries being restrained by a person

19. These horrors continue, even though more than 90 percent of drugs that pass animal testing fail in human trials.

19 injured monkey in lab cage

20. But there is good news!

20 monkey mother and baby in grass

21. Thanks to pressure from PETA, we’ve seen a 40 percent drop in the number of monkeys being shipped to laboratories in the U.S.

21 china southern demo protest

That’s nearly 10,000 monkeys!

22. Airlines such as United, China Southern, and Philippine Airlines are listening to consumers and refusing to ship monkeys to laboratories.

22. philippine airlines demo protest

23. And Air France is now the only major airline in the world that still flies monkeys to their deaths.

cromwell air france

24. Once Air France stops, we’ll be seeing way less of this …

25. … and way more of this:

25 baby monkey

How can you help monkeys?

Tell Air France to join every other major airline in the world by not shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories!

  • Send an e-mail directly to Air France at
  • Post a message or share this video on Air France’s Facebook page.
  • Tweet at Air France on Twitter.
  • Going abroad? Don’t fly Air France until they stop this cruel practice.
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  • 352 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    They use monkeys in vaccines , on the labels they call them vero cells . If you don’t believe me look at product disclosures on the rotateq vaccine by Merck you will see vero cells . People please really read what we are putting into our kids and what kind of industry is supports. It supports this sick stuff.

  • 353 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    how can people do this

  • 361 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Horrific and barbaric. Boycott until they stop these cruel practices !

  • 395 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Disgusting and very disturbing to see that these practices continue. I will never fly Air France, and I encourage all my fb friends to refuse to fly this airline. Wake up humans! This type of barbaric behavior is unacceptable!!

  • 438 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Omg I hate the human race.I do not want to be a nurse any longer.I dont want to help people. Humans do not deserve anything better than what they are doing to these poor defenceless animals.air france you should be so ashamed of yourselves.but you won’t. Because you care only about money.these so called Dr’s.and lab techs and nurses that are doing these horrific things to these frightend creatures I truley hope that you and all of your family’s die a slow painful horrible death. I hope that if your trying to have children your wife miscarries. I hope your children die ? If leukemia or a horrific crash.then you too will know whatn its been luje for these poor babys fuck you

  • 442 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This disgusts me, It also breaks my heart, please stop the trafficking Air France.

  • 449 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This is absolutely heart wrenching! How can anyone even do this to those poor defenseless animals!

  • 449 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    My heart grieves for these defenceless gentle souls-we are the lowest species ever-They are NOT!

  • 450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Is rhere anything about this on the main Peta site? I want to add a link when I.’m sending the emails. Thanks

  • 451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    If this isn’t animal cruelty, I don’t know what is. This is totally unacceptable and I cannot believe in this day and age that this is permitted. I would not fly with Air France and if it was the last air carrier left in the world. Please join me in letting Air France know how the public feels about this. If they can’t treat animals better, what kind of service do they provide to their customers? Looks like another one of those “follow the money trail” groups.

  • 460 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Air France – where money matters most

    • 449 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Air France can take a hike

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