Air France announced this week its intention to end the transport of monkeys intended for laboratory experiments from June 2023. This news was welcomed by animal protection associations and by LFI deputy Aymeric Caron.
A strong and anticipated gesture. Air France confirmed on Wednesday December 14 its wish to end the transport of monkeys intended for laboratory experiments as of June 2023.
In a letter addressed directly to LFI deputy Aymeric Caron , whose animal cause is the main line of battle, Air France guaranteed “the complete cessation of operations no later than June 2023”. This date will allow the company to observe “a transition period” allowing “to terminate current contracts”.
While the airline had already announced last June its wish to cease the transit of primates, it has set a specific date for this, taking next summer as a horizon.
“A MAGNIFICENT VICTORY”
The animal protection associations working in this dossier, namely Action4Primates (UK), Stop Camarles (ES), Peta (US) and One Voice, welcomed this decision. The last mentioned mentioned in a press release “a magnificent victory for the associations and the deputy”.
She also added that the company “was one of the last national companies in Europe to continue to transport primates from countries where they live free to those where they are tested on laboratory benches”.
In conclusion, she thanked “Air France for its firm and concrete commitment”, while calling on it to extend the measure “to other animal species, in particular to dogs”.