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Update (September 23, 2022): PETA has learned that AELF FlightService’s Maleth Aero airline has reportedly just flown hundreds of endangered monkeys from Cambodia to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., some bound for a nearby facility owned by infamous Charles River Laboratories and others shipped on to Montréal, destined for another monkey prison owned by Charles River. Afterward, the plane immediately turned around and headed to Indonesia reportedly to collect more doomed monkeys. Maleth Aero is ping-ponging across Asia, cramming thousands of endangered monkeys into the belly of a cargo plane, feeding the insatiable appetite of the U.S. primate experimentation industry. Its latest stop in Indonesia is particularly disturbing because it marks the first time this year that PETA has discovered that monkeys are being taken from that country for use in pointless experiments in the U.S.
Take action below to urge AELF FlightService to get out of this sordid industry.
This mother, holding her baby tight, was abducted from her home in Indonesia.
Update (September 8, 2022): PETA has discovered that AELF FlightService apparently never bothered to register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before it shipped hundreds of long-tailed macaque monkeys earlier this month. (Details are below). If true, this would be a violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
So let’s recap.
AELF FlightService reportedly did the following:
- It crammed members of an endangered species—pushed to the brink of extinction largely because of experimenters’ insatiable desire to use them in useless experiments—into small crates.
- It subjected these animals—who can harbor infectious zoonotic diseases—to a horrific journey in which they sat in small boxes filled with their own waste.
- It deposited them at an infamous facility run by Inotiv (whose Envigo beagle-breeding facility was recently shut down following PETA’s exposure of its horrific treatment of dogs) so they could be, among other types of torment, poisoned and cut open.
And AELF FlightService apparently did all this illegally.
Perhaps it took a business lesson from Hainan Airlines, a company that we also caught shipping monkeys illegally to the U.S.
We’ve filed a complaint with the USDA calling for an urgent investigation. You can add your voice to ours by taking action below to urge AELF FlightService to get out of this sordid industry.
Originally published on September 1, 2022:
Insider reports indicate that Maleth Aero, a Malta-based airline recently acquired by AELF FlightService, has begun shipping hundreds of monkeys to the U.S. to be cut open, poisoned, imprisoned, and killed in laboratories. Tell this company that it must reverse its decision and stop fueling the global trade in monkeys immediately.
According to our friends at Action for Primates, a plane belonging to Maleth Aero reportedly departed Cambodia for Houston on September 1 with 360 long-tailed macaques aboard. This follows allegations that monkeys were likely transported on two other recent Maleth Aero flights from Asia to the U.S.
U.S. experimenters have pushed long-tailed macaques to the brink of extinction. After being packed into cramped wooden shipping crates and forced to sit in their own feces, urine, and blood for the long journey, the terrified monkeys are trucked to laboratories, in which they’ll be slowly poisoned in toxicity tests or used for other excruciating experiments before being killed.
PETA entities, including PETA U.S., along with our supporters, other animal protection groups, and the public have persuaded nearly every major airline in the world to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories—but it seems that Maleth Aero and AELF FlightService prefer to fight the tidal wave of public sentiment against this cruel practice in order to rake in more money and appease the animal experimentation industry.
Like all primates, monkeys are highly social animals who live in tight-knit groups and use vocalizations, body language, and facial expressions to communicate with each other. In laboratories, they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.
Please urge AELF FlightService not to send even one more shipment of these sensitive, intelligent individuals to be tormented and killed in laboratories.
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