Star’s New Zealand Appeal Part of Successful International Campaign
For Immediate Release:
25 March 2014
Auckland – After Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson sent a letter to the president and CEO of China Southern Airlines while in New Zealand, the airline announced that it has banned shipments of primates to laboratories. Chen Qiuhua, senior cargo manager for China Southern, stated that the airline will “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights of China Southern Airlines, effective from March 21, 2014”.
“Hugs and kisses to Chen Qiuhua”, Anderson says. “I’m thrilled that China Southern Airlines has stopped shipping frightened monkeys to suffer and be killed in laboratories.”
Government records show that in 2013, China Southern shipped more than 2,500 monkeys for use in laboratories in the US alone, where they were poisoned, crippled and mutilated in cruel experiments.
PETA Australia’s campaign to end the practice included an online action alert while its international affiliates held regular protests at airports and company offices in Bangkok, Chicago, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Taipei and Tokyo. Compassionate people sent more than 100,000 e-mails to China Southern urging it to stop shipping primates. PETA US recently purchased stock in the company in order to attend the next shareholder meeting and placed a billboard targeting China Southern near the airline’s cargo office at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In addition, PETA Asia had just purchased the URL “ChinaSouthernCruelty.com” to target the airline’s cruel practice of shipping primates to deadly laboratories.
PETA and its international affiliates will now launch campaigns around the world to target Air France, the only major airline that still transports primates to laboratories.
For more information on helping animals, please visit PETA.org.au.