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ADI holds week of action to stop Air France monkey flights

Posted: 21 April 2014

Animal Defenders International holds week of action to stop Air France monkey flights for 35th Lab Animal Week

Animal Defenders International will be saying ‘NON!’ to cruel Air France monkey shipments as part of a week of action during annual Lab Animal Week, which is now in its 35th year. Lab Animal Week runs from 21st-27th April and highlights the suffering of animals used for unreliable and unnecessary tests. Air France became the last remaining passenger airline shipping monkeys to laboratories when China Southern Airlines updated its policy earlier this year.

ADI President, Jan Creamer: “Air France is the only major passenger airline that continues to support the cruel lab monkey trade, flying thousands of monkeys to their deaths each year. Monkey experiments are cruel, unreliable and outdated. Please help monkeys this Lab Animal Week by refusing to fly with Air France and let them know why.”

Over 70,000 monkeys are experimented on in the US each year; nearly 20,000 are imported by international monkey traders. Last year Mauritius sent nearly 3,000, making it the second largest monkey supplier to the US after China.

Before monkeys reach the laboratory, many are subjected to harsh conditions on breeding farms in Mauritius. ADI’s investigations have revealed how pregnant monkeys are manhandled and swung by their tails; newborn babies are torn from their mothers to be pinned down and tattooed for identification; animals are wrenched from cages by their tails and subjected to terrifying tests. The barren environment they are subjected to contrasts starkly with how the inquisitive and intelligent animals would live in the wild.

When the time comes to send them to the laboratory, breeders lock the monkeys into crates barely bigger than their bodies. Long tailed macaques are known to deal poorly with stress and struggle to cope with the long journey, some die before they reach their destination.

Earlier this year, ADI revealed plans to set up a Mauritian monkey breeding farm in Labelle, Florida. ADI has exposed the horrendous suffering that pervades the animal experiment industry, and warns that unless immediate action is taken to stop the planned Florida farm, animals there will experience terrible brutality.

In US animal laboratories monkeys are used mainly to test drugs or for neurological research. Animals typically endure force-feeding or injections of experimental compounds; electrodes implanted into their brains; full body immobilization in restraint chairs while they are experimented on. Investigations of laboratories by ADI have found monkeys suffering rectal prolapse from the stress of being restrained, blackened lungs, trembling, collapse, bleeding and self-mutilation including one animal who chewed his finger to the bone. Most monkeys are killed at the end of the experiment, but others are forced to endure years in barren laboratory cages and may be subject to fighting from which they cannot escape.

Numerous initiatives around the world are aimed at moving away from using animals and towards advanced alternatives. There are a number of alternatives to monkey experiments, including: microdosing, where tiny amounts of new drugs are safely given to human volunteers – significantly more accurate at assessing the way a product is absorbed, broken down and passed through the body than primate models; biochips, which mimic human organs on USB-sized chips “providing comprehensive toxicity data very quickly and cheaply”, 3-D tissue engineering which mimics a complete human body system more accurately than animal models, and QSAR which predicts the toxicity of drugs through comparison with similar substances.

Members of the public can find out more and take part in the week of action against Air France at and on Twitter using #nonairfrance #labanimalweek.


Lori De Waal 323-462-4122
Regina Zernay 323-804-9920

World Day for Animals in Laboratories is held each year on 24th April, during Lab Animal Week which runs this year from 21st-27th April.

Twitter: #nonairfrance #labanimalweek

ADI undercover investigation on a Mauritian monkey farm

HLN Jane Velez-Mitchell reports plans to set up a Mauritius monkey farm in Florida, Feb 2014

Huntingdon Life Sciences investigation, 2006 - 2008

ADI investigation at the Institute of Neurology (IMAGES AVAILABLE)

Microdosing: Past and Future, 2012
Following micro-doing, samples can be taken from the patients’ blood, plasma, urine and faeces and analysed using AMS. Because AMS is so sensitive it enables researchers to see where even microscopic doses will end up in the body and the potential impact of larger doses.

“Biochip Mimics the Body to Reveal Toxicity of Industrial Compounds”, 2007

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With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogotá, Animal Defenders International rescues animals in distress worldwide and campaigns to protect animals in entertainment, replace animals in experiments, end wildlife trafficking, promote vegetarianism, end factory farming, pollution and conservation. ADI-gathered evidence has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect animals.

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