SINGAPORE - Clad only in white underwear and covered with red, white and blue body paint, Ms Ashley Fruno stood outside Air France's Singapore office in Anson Road during lunch hour on Thursday clutching a sign that read: "Air France: Stop Monkey Cruelty."
The 27-year-old Canadian animal activist flew in from the Asia office of international animal rights advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) to protest against the airline's policy of shipping monkeys to laboratories around the world.
"Air France is the only major airline in the world still transporting monkeys destined for experimentation," Peta Asia said in a statement. Other airlines, such as China Southern and Cathay Pacific, have already banned such shipments, it added.
The Singapore office of Air France said it was aware of the incident. In a global statement, Air France said that "all biomedical research involving the use of animals in laboratories... is fully in line with current legislation and the regulations drawn up by scientific organisations specialising in animal welfare".
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