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Air India Flies Animals To Laboratories – PETA Suggests Choosing Jet Airways

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Group Will Hold Spirited Protest Featuring 'Dog', 'Rabbit' and 'Rat' After Carrier Backtracks on Its Ban on Transporting Animals for Cruel Tests

For Immediate Release: 

21 December 2012

Contact:

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org

Dr Chaitanya Koduri +91 8767446083; ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org

New Delhi – Dressed as a dog, a rabbit and a rat and holding signs that read, "Air India Flies Animals to Labs: Choose Jet Airways", members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will join other Delhiites in protest outside the Air India office in New Delhi on Saturday. After assuring PETA and circulating a memo that the airline would stop accepting animals destined for deadly experiments in laboratories, Air India did an abrupt about-face and is once again accepting shipments of these animals after being pressured by a few animal experimenters.

When: Saturday, 22 December, 12 noon to 1 pm

Where: Air India office, 113 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, New Delhi (near Patel Chowk Metro Station)

"Consumers have a choice when they fly, and they are increasingly choosing companies with animal-friendly policies. Air India stands to tarnish its image because it views the abuse of animals as a business opportunity", says PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "The airline is willing to transport dogs and other animals for tests in which they will be poisoned, cut into and killed. These experiments are cruel and archaic and do nothing to advance science."

In March, PETA met with the manager of Air India's cargo department and told him how animals transported by the airline suffer and die when they reach their destination. The cargo manager immediately sent a circular to all cargo offices to stop the transport of animals to laboratories. Now, in response to pressure from laboratories, Air India has revoked the ban.

In one recent experiment in India, 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. Jet Airways, India's second-largest airline, recently joined a growing number of major airlines worldwide that have banned transporting animals slated for experimentation.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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