Caged ‘Dog’, ‘Rabbit’ And ‘Rat’ To Air India: Stop Shipping Us To Our Deaths In Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
19 March 2013

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Airline Backtracks From Ban and Continues Cruel and Deadly Trade

Bangalore – Wearing prisoner suits and animal masks and crouched in cages holding signs that read, “Air India Transports Animals for Cruel Tests – Choose Jet Airways“, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will make a plea for animals’ lives outside the Air India office on 20 March. The action is in protest of Air India’s decision to reverse its ban on transporting animals to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed. Similar pleas are being made in cities across the country as PETA India continues to pressure the chair of Air India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to reinstate the ban.

When: Wednesday, 20 March, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the Air India office at Unity Building, JC Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 500 029 (across from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)

“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”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “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.”

In a recent news report, KN Srivastava, Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, confirmed that Air India had rescinded its 23 August order against transporting animals to laboratories, thereby placing the airline in the minority.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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