Reckoned as Asia’s largest and the world’s sixth largest airline in terms of fleet size and numbers of passengers, China Southern Airlines was reportedly
the last airline in China that continued to transport live primates from China to the developed west for lab experimentation in the US and European countries. Animal rights advocates, particularly PETA, have demanded that the airline to stop transporting primates.
Recently, animal rights advocates started sharing the news
of China Southern Airlines announcing a ban on transport of primates through any of its flights. The news stories quoted the airline’s senior cargo manager Chen Qiuhua stating that the airline has put into effect the policy of no transport of live primates for lab experiments from March 21.
The decision is being hailed by animal rights advocates around the world and regarded as a victory. An article on Earth First!
called the airline’s new policy an “ethical and intelligent decision.” The blog also notes that Air France is now the last major airline that still transports primates for lab experiments, and that now is the time to campaign against this policy of Air France.