From December 6th-14th, activists from around the world organized an International Week of Action against transporting animals to labs.
The main targets for this Week of Action were Air France and their partners Delta Air Lines and KLM, the last commercial airline group that still transports primates and other animals to laboratories.
Although the Air France group is the last commercial airline involved in the vivisection industry, private cargo companies such as ATSG/ABX Air are still involved and keeping the Pacific supply route of animals open and operating.
ABX Air, a subsidiary of the Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), is the only known air cargo carrier that is transporting primates from China and Southeast Asia to research laboratories in the U.S. So far this year, ABX Air has transported thousands of innocent animals to their deaths. However, transporting primates to labs is only a small part of ABX Air‘s business; in order to stop the primate flights, we need to extend the campaign to focus on other areas of their business. ABX Air’s main business is transporting cargo for DHL Express, a major international cargo company. Since DHL is responsible for over half of all of ABX Air’s business, DHL has the power to stop ABX Air’s animal transports. So we are demanding that DHL either use their influence to force ABX Air to cease these animal transports or that they end their working relationship with ABX.
Here are report backs from actions across the U.S.:
On December 10th, activists with PAL held a demonstration at the office of DHL at the Portland International Airport. Staff on site were given information about the campaign and their company’s role in the international animal research industry and protesters chanted outside in spite of pouring rain.
On December 13th, PAL activists came to the airport to protest Delta and Air France, in front of the Delta ticketing counter. We set up numerous signs and a banner while speaking to the public about the lab animal trade and Delta’s choice to facilitate it. A good number of people took flyers and seemed interested in getting more information. Even airport employees gave their support and thanked us for doing this work.
Windsor Locks, CT:
Activists with CTARN, Western Masachusetes Animal Rights Advocates (WMARA), and Animal Advocates of Smith College held a protest at the Delta Air Lines Cargo Office at the Bradley International Airport. The message is simple: Delta, convince Air France to stop transporting animals to labs or you will continue to see global pressure.
Los Angeles, CA:
Empty Cages Los Angeles and Progress for Science held a loud protest on December 7th at the Air France Terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport. Dozens of activists attended with signs and bullhorns to remind Air France and their patrons that Los Angeles activists will not back down and will continue to pressure on any airline transporting animals.
As part of the “International Week of Action to End Lab Animal Transport” organized by Gateway to Hell and The Bunny Alliance, we braved the cold for several hours at ABX’s Global Headquarters in Wilmington, OH, to demand that they stop transporting animals to labs. This time we received several “thumbs up” from people entering the building!
Chicago activists became a powerful voice last Saturday for the monkeys who are ripped from their natural homes for greedy experimenters and big pharma!
Santa, along with other activists at a DHL Authorized Shipping Center, handed out a lot of flyers while many others held signs informing the public of how DHL needs to urge ABX Air to stop their terrible transports or cut ties with a company that profits off such violence.
In a time when stores that sell animals from puppy mills are being shut down, animal circuses are being banned all over the world and SeaWorld is dying, please contact ABX and tell them that experimenting on monkeys is bad for business.
Activists with the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense Alliance protested against Delta Air Lines because of their partnership with Air France. Activists held signs and handed out information about Delta’s involvement with animal cruelty outside of their ticket counter at the Denver International Airport.
No New Animal Lab
During the International Week of Action against transporting animals to labs, activists in the U.S. were busy organizing on the No New Animal Lab campaign to stop the construction of a new underground animal lab at the University of Washington. Activists in nine cities across the country organized actions against Skanska USA, the company contracted to build the lab, urging them to cut their contracts and immediately cease plans to build the lab. The full report from the National Day of Action can be seen at NoNewAnimalLab.com.