Air France, the last major airline that continues to ship monkeys to laboratories in its planes' cargo holds, has incurred the wrath of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, who has called on the company to end its participation in this "cruel trade."
Goodall penned a letter to Alexandre de Juniac, chair and chief executive officer of Air France, as part of PETA's ongoing campaign targeted at the airline. It reads:
I was disturbed to learn recently that Air France is the last passenger airline in the world that continues to transport monkeys destined for experimentation. As I understand it, Air France ships thousands of monkeys each year from Asia and the island of Mauritius to laboratories and laboratory suppliers in France, the United States, and other countries. I implore you to end your involvement in this cruel trade.
Goodall pointed out that a slew of other airlines have stopped transporting lab monkeys: Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, China Southern Airlines, United Airlines, Alitalia, Delta Airlines, British Airways, and American Airlines -- to name a few. She also cited a recent expose that revealed disturbing conditions aboard the flights that transport monkeys, many of whom are captured from the wild.