Written by Jeff Mackey
Some exhilarating news from
our neighbors (aka "neighbours" or "voisins") to the north: The Canadian Transportation Agency
(CTA) will allow Air Canada to ban shipments of primates destined for pain and
misery in laboratories.
leaves United Airlines as the only North American airline—and one of the few left in the world—to
continue this bloody business.)
Following pleas from PETA, other
organizations, and members of the public, Air
Canada first sought the
CTA's permission for the ban last year, stating that the proposed ban was "both to
align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in
response to widespread public concern." Following objections from animal
experimenters, the CTA initially did not approve the ban and scheduled a
hearing on the issue. PETA immediately filed comments as a "party of
interest," which were included in the official record, in support of Air
Canada's proposed ban.
CTA just released its decision in this matter, ruling entirely in favor of Air Canada and against the animal tormenters. In its lengthy
decision, the CTA pointed out that the airline had received "over 47,000 letters from the
public protesting its practice of transporting non-human primates for research
purposes" and that Air Canada "cannot ignore the overwhelming volume
of letters in opposition to the transport of non-human primates destined for
What You Can Do
As the CTA decision makes clear, this victory was made
possible because of the appeals of concerned people—including the almost 19,000
PETA supporters who took action through this website. That's why it's so critical
to make sure that your voice is heard—please join PETA in urging the few remaining
airlines still willing to ship primates to laboratories to stop contributing to this cruelty.
A bit of good news from the Great White North: After years
of pressure from animal rights activists—and after hearing from PETA recently—Air
of only two major
North American airlines that still fly primates to laboratories, is taking steps
to end the shipments. The airline has requested permission from the Canadian Transportation Agency
(CTA) to enact a ban
on transporting primates destined for experiments, a practice that the CTA
currently requires Air Canada to engage in. PETA had been in contact with Air
Canada about its policy as part of an international campaign to stop airlines from transporting
primates to laboratories, where they will be caged, experimented on, and
Recently, PETA exposed appalling cruelty to monkeys at one of the largest importers of primates in the U.S.—Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL)
in Everett, Washington—after being contacted by a distraught worker there. The photos and video footage recorded
by the whistleblower show sick, distressed monkeys suffering after being
injected with chemicals and subjected to violent handling.
Please support the
growing number of compassionate and progressive airlines—including Delta, American
Airlines, and British Airways—that
are saying "No" to primate abuse, and click here to ask the Canadian Transport Authority to grant Air Canada's request to ban the shipment of primates to labs.
here to ask the Canadian Transport Authority to grant Air Canada’s request
to ban the shipment of primates to labs
Written by PETA
When PETA caught wind of Air Canada's financial woes, we flew into action with a tempting offer that could help keep the company flying sky high and save thousands of seals from being slaughtered on Canada's ice floes each year. PETA V.P. Dan Mathews will meet with an Air Canada representative on September 11 to discuss giving the Air Canada planes that fly between Canada and the U.S. a makeover—by wrapping them in our anti–seal slaughter ad. Check it:
In April, we asked US Airways to deck out a few of the planes that it flies in and out of Vancouver, home turf of the 2010 Olympics. Though that proposal was rejected, we haven't given up. Got any high-flying ideas about where we could place this ad next? Share your brilliance below.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky
Those poor folks in the airline industry have been hit from all sides in recent years, from heightened security after 9/11 to ever-higher fuel prices. Now, there's more bad news for airlines from our neighbours to the north (for the geographically-challenged, that would be Canada—and did you notice how I spelled "neighbours" with a "u," like proud veggie Bryan Adams and other Canucks do?). The Canadian Supreme Court has just ruled that airlines have to provide an extra seat—free of charge—to morbidly obese passengers.
While the airlines may see this as a blow to their bottom lines, we hope they'll think of it as an opportunity instead. To wit: Bring back the veggie meals! And not just as an option, but for all passengers.
You see, adult vegans are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than adult meat-eaters. So by putting veggie food on those seatback trays, the airlines can help keep their frequent flyers slim and healthy—and free up more seats for paying customers, as we suggested to the powers that be. You can see our full letter to Air Canada here.
Of course, even if you're not traveling by air this holiday season, it's good to know that there's a way to keep from carrying extra pounds into the new year. To learn more, check this out.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.