SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals

August 20, 2013 13:04 ET

LCA Stages Massive LAX Protest Against Air France's Monkey Business

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2013) - Saturday (8/17/13) Last Chance for Animals (LCA) presence was felt in full force at LAX during a protest against Air France. Nearly 100 animal advocates could be seen at the Tom Bradley international terminal firmly voicing their disapproval of Air France's shipping policies. The protest is part of LCA's ongoing public awareness campaign aimed at ending the transportation of primates to research facilities by three major commercial airlines, Air France, Air India and China Southern. Despite opposition and mounting pressure from the public and animal advocacy groups, all airlines continue to transport laboratory animals, with Air France being the number one transporter. 

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Every year, tens of thousands of primates, mainly rhesus macaque monkeys, are kidnapped from the wild, separated from their family groups, caged and bred in large-scale breeding facilities in Mauritius before undergoing the trauma of international flights in the cargo hold of passenger planes. Upon their arrival to research facilities, they are forced to spend the rest of their lives imprisoned in tiny cages and tormented in costly, unnecessary and inhumane experiments. The federal government spends over a billion U.S. tax dollars each year on primate research, the majority of it for pharmaceutical testing. Advanced alternative methods, such as epidemiological studies, in vitro research, human cell and tissue cultures and computer simulations prove that primate testing is no longer necessary. 

Last Chance for Animals is an international animal advocacy organization that fights for the rights of animals by conducting undercover investigations that expose animal cruelty and launching public awareness campaigns. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.