On December 19th Empty Cages Los Angeles (ECLA) paid a visit to the China Southern Airlines (CSA) Office on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Around fifteen activists converged in front of the office despite poor weather conditions to speak out against CSA for their continued involvement in the animal research industry. The protest kicked off at 10:30 am to the sound of feedback and sirens from four megaphones.
Amplified sound was employed to ensure the activists’ voices were audible to the employees of CSA. Protesters held placards displaying images of primates being subjected to cruel experiments paired with slogans demanding CSA cease transporting primates to their deaths. Activists spoke passionately about the daily atrocities happening behind closed doors in vivisection laboratories around the world where animals are sentenced to a life of pain and suffering without ever committing a crime. They are crammed into tiny metal cages where they are unable to properly socialize, eat, exercise or do anything that is natural to them in the wild. This is continuing simply because a few airliners such as CSA are still willing to engage in the unethical business practice of lab animal transport.
Why is this so unethical and upsetting? 95% of drugs passed by animal tests are IMMEDIANTY disregarded as useless or dangerous to humans. How can we put any validity in animal testing when we are gambling with these statistics? Not to mention 22 animals die EVERY SECOND in animal testing labs and for what? Animal research is a flawed, medieval and barbaric form of science, it is time to evolve. CSA is well aware of these facts yet they continue to transport upwards of 1,200 animals a month because collecting checks from the vivisection industry is apparently more important to company stakeholders than business ethics. Animals flown in to the United States by CSA are destined to labs such as Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), Covance and Charles River. HLS alone has seven undercover investigations compiling hundreds of animal welfare violations including lab technicians punching four month old beagle puppies in the face!
With that said, Thursday’s protest was emotionally charged for the parties involved. Activists armed only with their voices and deeply ingrained passion for justice were greeted with automatic glass doors whose operation had been suspiciously suspended during normal business hours. Since the primary entrance was closed, activists decided to travel to another main entrance so that their voices could be heard. As activists spoke out directly into the main lobby of the CSA office building from the open entrance multiple security guards rushed over and responded with aggression. Pushing and shoving activists, trying to slam an activist’s hands, arms and eventually megaphone in heavy glass doors while laughing in delight. Final toll, one cracked megaphone that still works, we can live.
If the security guards at CSA think they can scare activists away with intimidation tactics, they better think again. ECLA and the global Gateway to Hell network will not back down until CSA stops the killing. Creative new strategies are already in the works for CSA so stay tuned! In the meantime, mark your calendars for January 11th when ECLA will be joining forces with The Bunny Alliance at LAX as part of the US Gateway to Hell Tour targeting Delta Airlines for its close ties with Air France. As a strategic partner of Air France and the North American representative they have the power to hold Air France accountable for their shady business dealings and demand they enact a ban on animal transport.
UNTIL ALL ARE FREE,