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'Dog', 'Rabbit' And 'Rat' Plea To Air India: Stop Shipping Us To Our Deaths In Laboratories

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Airline Backtracks From Ban and Continues to Profit From Cruel and Deadly Trade

For Immediate Release:

27 November 2012


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Goa – Dressed as a dog, a rabbit and a rat and holding signs that read, "Air India: Please Stop Flying Animals to Laboratories", three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will make a plea for animals' lives outside the Air India office at Panjim on Thursday in the form of a protest against Air India's decision to backtrack from its ban on transporting animals to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed. Similar pleas will be made in cities across the country as PETA India continues to pressure the chair of Air India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to bring back the ban.

When: Thursday, 29 November, 12 noon sharp

Where: Outside the Air India office, Dempo House, Campal, DB Marg, Panjim, Goa 403001

"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 in laboratories", says PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Caring consumers around the world have found Air India's decision to transport animals to their deaths in laboratories extremely disappointing. Unlike Air India, an increasing number of airlines – including Jet Airways – have listened to public demand and refuse to deliver dogs, cats and other animals to laboratories, where they are caged, experimented on and killed."

In a recent news report, Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation KN Srivastava confirmed that Air India has rescinded its 23 August order against transporting animals to laboratories, thereby placing the airline in the minority: FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and EVA Air – five of the biggest cargo carriers in the world – all prohibit shipping animals to laboratories. Jet Airways, the second-largest airline in India, also recently committed to a ban on transporting animals slated for experimentation.

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