People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has protested the recent action by Air India to allow rabbits and other animals to be transported to laboratories for experimentation. The protesters wore prison clothing and animal masks in front of the Indian embassy in Washington as part of their demonstration. The news was reported online by Business Standard. Here are highlights:
“Air India’s repeated assurances that it will refuse to transport animals to laboratories apparently meant nothing – the airline has gone right back to shipping animals to their deaths,” said PETA senior vice president of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo.”Air India officials are every bit as guilty of the pain, suffering, and death that these animals are subjected to as the experimenters who wield the poisons and scalpels,” said Guillermo.
Wearing prisoner uniforms and dog, rabbit, and rat masks; crouching in stacked cages; and holding signs that read, ‘Air India Ships Animals to Deadly Experiments’, six PETA members pleaded for animals’ lives outside the Indian mission.
The action was in protest of Air India’s about-face on its ban on transporting animals to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned, and killed, a media statement said.
This marks the first action that PETA has taken against Air India. PETA India has been campaigning against the airline since it lifted its ban.
Many of the largest and most well-known carriers in the world, including US Airways, Virgin Airlines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, EVA Air, FedEx, and UPS, prohibit shipping animals to laboratories.
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With at least ten major air carriers, including FedEx and UPS having put policies into place that do not allow animals to be shipped to labs, Hoppington Post joins PETA in criticizing Air India for having broken their word. Although we do not always agree with what this organization does, we believe that PETA is correct for calling attention to this policy of the Indian air carrier.