Urge Air India to Keep Ban on Shipping Animals to Labs!

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After discussions with PETA convinced Air India to implement a companywide ban on shipping animals to laboratories, the airline has bowed to pressure from greedy, fear-mongering animal experimenters and decided to once again transport animals to laboratories to be subjected to lives of misery and pain and a premature death.

Animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented. Additionally, animals endure long and grueling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the backs of trucks.

In one recent experiment in India, beagle dogs had their legs cut open so that transmitters could be inserted into them, had tubes forced into their penises, and were repeatedly injected with experimental drugs. Rats, dogs, monkeys, and other animals in Indian laboratories are also commonly sickened and poisoned to death in toxicity tests in which they are force-fed chemicals for months.

Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, has confirmed that it “refuse[s] to carry live animals for laboratory experiments.” Likewise, major international carriers, including FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Qantas, and EVA Air, prohibit any shipments of animals for experiments.

Please write to Rohit Nandan, chair of Air India, and urge him to keep Air India’s promise to protect animals by reinstating its ban on shipping animals to laboratories.

Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

I was dismayed to learn that Air India has gone back on its promise to protect animals by abandoning its ban on transporting animals to laboratories. Air India is one of only a few airlines that continue to transport animals to laboratories. Animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented. Additionally, animals endure long and grueling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the backs of trucks. For these reasons, other airline companies–including Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline–refuse to transport animals for use in experiments. FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Qantas, and EVA Air also prohibit any shipments of animals for experiments.

Please reinstate your ban on shipping animals to laboratories and join other leading airlines in refusing to participate in this cruel industry. Until Air India reinstates its formal policy prohibiting the transport of animals destined for laboratories, I will no longer do business with your company and will share this information with everyone I know.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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