Hainan Airlines alleged an illegal shipment of monkeys prompted a complaint from animal rights activists

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An alleged illegal transport of monkeys by Chinese airline Hainan has prompted a complaint from animal rights activists PETA.

The American non-profit animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement after Hainan Airlines allegedly shipped 720 endangered long-tailed macaques last month August from Cambodia to Chicago.

The USDA has confirmed that it canceled Hainan Airline’s registration in May, making the shipment an apparent violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the organization said Thursday, August 25.

“Based on a whistleblower report, the monkeys were sent to a facility operated by Envigo Global Services Inc. in Alice,” PETA said in a statement. statement.

He added: “Envigo has repeatedly shown that it values ​​profits over animal welfare.

“Next PETA’s Secret Investigation at the Envigo beagle breeding facility in Virginia last year, the USDA cited the company for 48 AWA violations and a US Department of Justice civil case led Envigo to announce that she would close the establishment.

“In 2019, the USDA also cited the company’s monkey facility in Texas with a critical AWA violation for failing to provide food to 25 monkeys for six days. Envigo had to euthanize two of these animals because they were so severely starved.

PETA’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, said, “Whether you’re talking about beagles or monkeys, Envigo cannot be trusted to care for animals or protect public health.

“Monkeys brought from squalid farms in Asia endure terrifying and grueling journeys and can harbor everything from Ebola to malaria. ensure that their carrier is legitimate, we need to ask them if they are following any of the protocols required for public safety.

Long-tailed macaques are now recognized as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the society noted.

“[This is in] largely because of their exploitation in the international wildlife trade to US laboratories, where they are mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly restrained in restraints, infected with painful and deadly diseases, psychologically tormented and killed. ”

Hainan appears to be one of the last airlines still shipping monkeys to the labs.

In January, Kenya Airways ended the practice just 24 hours after discussions with PETA US, Air France followed suit in June after a decade-long campaign by PETA entities, and EGYPTAIR stopped shipping monkeys earlier this month following global protests by PETA entities.

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