Woohoo! Thanks to the thousands of passionate Street Teamers and activists who contacted Air China as well as PETA’s dedicated campaign to end the company’s transport of monkeys to laboratories, Air China confirmed today that it has “stopped conducting this business.” The airline’s decision comes less than 24 hours after PETA asked its Facebook and Twitter followers to call Air China Cargo’s main office at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and demand that the airline stop shipping primates to laboratories—a move that prompted thousands of phone calls to the company.
PETA’s work to bring about this policy change dates back to last year and has included pleas to company officials, complaints to the government, phone and e-mail protests, and a demonstration at Air China’s office at Los Angeles International Airport. Last month, PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after a laboratory-bound monkey escaped aboard an Air China flight. The USDA cited the airline for violating federal animal welfare laws and warned that subsequent violations could result in civil penalties or criminal prosecution for Air China.
China is the source of more than 70 percent of monkeys imported to the U.S. for use in cruel experiments—and with Air China no longer participating in this bloody trade, experimenters will find it harder to get their hands on more victims.
There’s still more work to be done! Please take a minute now to urge the tiny handful of airlines that still transport monkeys to laboratories to join Air China and other companies in adopting a policy against transporting primates destined for experiments.