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After discussions with PETA convinced Air India to implement a companywide ban on shipping animals to laboratories, the airline has bowed to pressure from greedy, fear-mongering animal experimenters and decided to once again transport animals to laboratories to be subjected to lives of misery and pain and a premature death.
Animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented. Additionally, animals endure long and grueling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the backs of trucks.
In one recent experiment in India, male beagles had their legs cut open so that transmitters could be inserted into them, had tubes forced into their penises and were repeatedly injected with experimental drugs. Young dogs in Indian laboratories are also commonly poisoned to death in toxicity tests after being force-fed chemicals for months on end.
Many leading international airlines have full or partial restrictions on shipping animals to laboratories. Just among the International Air Transportation Association's list of the world's 10 largest cargo carriers, FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines and EVA Air prohibit any shipments of animals for experiments; Emirates, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines won't ship primates to laboratories; and Lufthansa has banned shipments of cats, dogs and primates destined for laboratories.
Please tell Air India and the Indian government you won't fly with the airline so long as it transports animals for use in experiments and urge authorities to bring back the ban now.