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Cruel Skies – Air France Flies Primates To Experimentation Labs

October 20, 2012
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Kinship Circle

BACKGROUND | SOURCE KINSHIP CIRCLE

They are trapped in trees rigged with nets. Stuffed into mesh sacks. They shriek and claw at enclosures. No one hears. They are taken.

Some are bred on barren, concrete farms that churn out live product for the international animal research trade. Nonhuman primates are valued models for experimentation, though they fail to produce clinical symptoms or data relevant to human disease processes, and can even mislead experimenters with false conclusions.

To reach research labs, animals are crated and trucked for miles. Most wind up in the extreme heat or cold of a plane’s poorly ventilated cargo hold, where they are caged during flights that can last 60 hours.

They enter a world bound by metal bars, pain and fear. Primates are induced with human disease and injury. Experimenters poison, overdose and mutilate monkeys. Electrodes are lodged in exposed brain matter. Seizures are stimulated. Limbs removed…
AIR FRANCE-KLM is the only major European carrier that still ships primates for medical research. PATTON BOGGS mediates global trade and transportation issues as lawyers and lobbyists for the airlines. Both are complicit in cruelty and scientific deceit.


WHAT YOU CAN DO

Ask Air France to join Delta, American, United Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air China, Cathay Pacific, El Al Airlines…and nearly all major airlines that reject primate as cargo. Urge Patton Boggs to distance itself from Air France until the flight company stops primate transfers. Remind Air France that they won’t get your business until an official ban is implemented.


PETITION

Please click HERE to send automated letter


WHOM TO CONTACT

Patton Boggs, LLP – Main USA Lobbytist for Air France:

pbangert@pattonboggs.com, mgootman@pattonboggs.com, nkrayem@pattonboggs.com, tlott@pattonboggs.com, dmayer@pattonboggs.com, smchale@pattonboggs.com, rslater@pattonboggs.com, gwalden@pattonboggs.com, dwaltz@pattonboggs.com, tboggs@pattonboggs.com, tchorba@pattonboggs.com, jchristian@pattonboggs.com, bcooper@pattonboggs.com, mdriver@pattonboggs.com, ddunn@pattonboggs.com, fwisner@pattonboggs.com

Air France-KLM Executives and Management:

adjuniac@airfrance.fr, albassil@airfrance.fr, albernard@airfrance.fr, chboireau@airfrance.fr, xbroseta@airfrance.fr, achallon-kemoun@airfrance.fr, miemeyriat@airfrance.fr, frederic.gagey@klm.com, belebel@airfrance.fr, brmatheu@airfrance.fr, edodier@airfrance.fr, flparly@airfrance.fr, erschramm@airfrance.fr, phcalavia@airfrance.fr, jccros@airfrance.fr, frbrousse@airfrance.fr, peter.hartman@klm.com, erik.varwijk@klm.com, camiel.eurlings@klm.com, MichielVanderEijk@klm.com

Air France-KLM Cargo Airlines Headquarters:

mail.customerservice.cdg@airfrance.fr

Air France-KLM Shareholders Relations:

mail.actionnaires.afklm@airfrance.fr


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Air France-KLM and Patton Boggs, LLP:

Air France-KLM is the only major European carrier to still ship primates for research. As their advocate, Patton Boggs facilitates global trade and transportation issues for the airlines.

I ask both companies to acknowledge worldwide objection to primate “cargo”. Please consider that 80 percent of responders to a 2010 European Directive about animal research oppose experiments on primates. In the U.S., an Institute Of Medicine report has fueled potential passage of a bill to ban most research on chimps and great apes.

Primate data can rarely be replicated or used reliably in drug/vaccine development. Primates fail to produce clinical symptoms relevant to human disease processes — and even mislead experimenters with false conclusions. Conversely, human-focused systems such as bioinformatics, in-vitro cell/tissue culture analysis, life-like simulators, etc., better evaluate products and treatment for people.

Why should you care? Because Air France and Patton Boggs are conduits to profound animal cruelty.

Primates are trapped in trees and stuffed into mesh sacks. They shriek and claw when taken from native forests. Some are warehoused on breeding farms. To reach research labs, they are crated and trucked for miles. Most wind up in the extreme heat or cold of a plane’s poorly ventilated cargo hold, for flights that can last up to 60 hours.

They enter a world bound by metal bars, pain and fear. Primates are induced with human disease and injury. Experimenters poison, overdose and mutilate monkeys. Electrodes are lodged in exposed brain matter. Seizures are stimulated. Limbs removed… Still, we are no closer to cures for infectious disease, AIDS, neurological disease (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s), and other ailments studied in primates.

Some 85 vaccines to cure or prevent HIV infection looked good in animals, mostly monkeys, according to Dr. John Pippin, a former Harvard University medical professor who testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Institute of Medicine in 2005. Those vaccines, tested in clinical trials, all failed. In 2012, a Colombia court denied permits for renowned malaria researcher Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo to trap 4,000 night monkeys. After decades of primate research at Patarroyo’s Institute of Immunology Foundation, a malaria cure is nowhere in sight.

I respectfully ask Air France to join Delta, American, Virgin Atlantic, US Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air China, Cathay Pacific, Air India, El Al Airlines…and most big flight companies that reject primate cargo. I urge Patton Boggs to distance itself from the airlines until it officially bans primate transfer for research.

This is a matter of worldwide concern. Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,


i am locked here in this cage.
frightened and in pain.
why do humans do this to me,
it is really quite insane.
i did nothing wrong yet everyday
they poke and hurt and kill.
maybe the white coats won’t
bother me,
if i lie here,still
KLM- air france
please do not be part
of my death dance

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2012 5:06 pm

    Thanks as always Stacey for bringing this to my attention i HATE that they are still transporting primates for experiments when are they going to join all the other airlines? I signed the petition and sent all the emails i also shared in several places thanks again Stacey youre the best

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  2. skjaldmarrs permalink
    October 20, 2012 11:59 pm

    Reblogged this on skjaldmarr's valley.

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  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 21, 2012 5:32 am

    i am locked here in this cage.
    frightened and in pain.
    why do humans do this to me,
    it is really quite insane.
    i did nothing wrong yet everyday
    they poke and hurt and kill.
    maybe the white coats won’t
    bother me,
    if i lie here,still
    KLM- air france
    please do not be part
    of my death dance

    Like

  4. don permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:44 am

    ive beeb petitiong and donating for decades against this, i’m a member of N.A.V.S AND AM TOTALLY AGAIINST VIVISECTION!!!
    ITS TIME THIS MADNESS STOPPED, we just cant go on killing and experimenting on our fellow creatures it must be STOPPED

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  5. Micheal permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:01 am

    protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
    life has value beyond measure
    Peace and Love
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    DEMOLISH ——>>>>> THIS WALL !!!!
    DEMAND FREEDOM, FOR ALL THE WORLD!!!!

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