Today (3rd September), an item was posted on the PeTA UK web-site titled ‘Victory! Air India stops shipping animals to painful deaths in laboratories’. (PeTA is campaigning group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.)
‘… Thanks to the hard work of PETA India, international airline Air India has confirmed that it has stopped transporting animals to laboratories. This great news means that animals who would be cruelly confined, painfully experimented on and eventually killed in laboratories will be spared such an ordeal.
The decision came after PETA India showed the airline a copy of an airway bill proving that Air India transported a shipment of animals for experimentation purposes and was profiting from animal suffering.
Every year, experimentation facilities around the world squander valuable time and resources as well as millions of pounds by conducting experiments on monkeys, dogs, rabbits, rats, mice and other animals, even though animal experiments often do not reliably predict specific consequences for human health. Air India is now among the enlightened airlines that refuse to transport dogs, cats, primates and other animals to laboratories, where they would suffer and die.
Earlier this month, after a vigorous campaign by PETA US supported by PETA UK and other PETA affiliates, Air China stopped transporting primates destined for laboratories.
Only a small handful of airlines – such as Air France, United/Continental Cargo, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines – continue this practice. You can urge airlines that still transport monkeys to laboratories to join their peers and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of nonhuman primates for use in experiments …’
Read the item and add your comment online at http://blog.peta.org.uk/2012/09/victory-air-india-stops-shipping-animals-to-painful-deaths-in-laboratories/