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PETA claims win as Air China vows to no longer transport lab monkeys

WASHINGTON -- Air China is no longer transporting monkeys for laboratory experiments on its flights, animal rights group PETA said Tuesday, citing an email from the airline.

"We are notified by headquarters that we have stopped conducting this business," said a one-line email from Jason Wang, Air China's New York cargo manager, to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, seen by AFP.

In a statement, PETA said the email came less than 24 hours after it asked its social media followers to call Air China in New York and demand it stop transporting Asian primates to U.S. laboratories.

"China is the source of more than 70 percent of monkeys imported to the United States for use in cruel experiments," said PETA's Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo.

"Now that Air China is no longer participating in this bloody trade, U.S. experimenters will find it harder to get their hands on more victims."

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