The Pamela Anderson Foundation
February 12, 2014
President China Southern Airlines
139 Quay St.
Auckland, New Zealand
Dear Mr. Tan:
I am writing to urge you to have a heart for animals this Valentine’s Day and stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.
Having recently learned from my friends at PETA that China Southern Airlines is one of only two major airlines in the world that still ships monkeys to laboratories, I spotted a China Southern plane when I flew into Auckland Airport earlier this week and couldn’t help but wonder whether any terrified monkeys were on board.
You may not be aware that after being torn from the wild or rounded up at dreadful breeding farms, the monkeys you ship from China to laboratories in the U.S. and elsewhere end up imprisoned in tiny, desolate laboratory cages, where they are cut open, addicted to drugs, infected with debilitating diseases, intentionally poisoned, and crippled in cruel experiments.
They are driven insane by constant terror, pain, loneliness, and boredom. When they’re no longer useful to experimenters, they’re killed. This abuse is only possible as long as airlines such as China Southern are willing to ship monkeys in order to keep the cages full at these deadly destinations.
I hope China Southern will join virtually every other airline in the world—including Delta Air Lines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa—in showing compassion by ending shipments of primates. Until then, as a frequent traveler, I will avoid flying your airline and am also encouraging my friends, family members, and fans to do the same.