Here's the email...
PETA recently obtained heartbreaking photos showing at least 50 beagles confined to crates and loaded like cargo on a Lufthansa transport plane. The beagles were destined for a Charles River Laboratories (CRL) animal-testing facility in Scotland where they will likely be poisoned and killed in drug and pesticide tests.
CRL condemns tens of millions of animals to confinement, poisoning, mutilation, and death in its own laboratories and those of its customers. The company was recently fined $14,000 after 32 monkeys were cooked to death when a room at its facility in Reno, Nev., overheated.
By transporting these animals, Lufthansa is facilitating and profiting from the abuse of animals in laboratories. Please take a moment to let Lufthansa know that this practice is unacceptable.
Send a quick e-mail to Lufthansa vice president Jens Bischof --here are the parts I added via Jennifer.Urbaniak@dlh.de, I think she's an assistant of his, or click on the "send a quick email" link which will take you to the PETA site with a pre-written letter to Jens, the bastard. Here's the address to Charles river Labs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Urge Jens to join other progressive airlines like Qantas and Cathay Pacific by enacting a policy against transporting animals destined for use in laboratories.
Here's the letter I wrote addressed to both Jennifer and Charles Labs, and Jens too, via PETA:
Mr. Bischof I have just learned that your airline has made deals with Marshall Farms, who breed animals for "scientific" purposes, meaning, they torture animal victims, in upstate New York, and Charles River Laboratories (CRL) an animal-testing facility in Scotland. Your airline transports animals such as beagles to their death by torture, poisoning, unimaginable terror and pain. How can you allow this? When people choose to close their eyes to evil we have seen evidence of what can happen, such as the horrors of the Holocaust. Everyday, thousands of animals quietly endure pain and torture in the name of "science", and this too is a Holocaust.
Most people think of animals as nothing more "things"; to be eaten, their bodies worn, their children taken sold, and eaten. People kill them for fun this is called "sport". People use words like "breed"- though has anyone asked the animal if s/he feels like procreating, and words like "owner", once again indicating that most people feel that animals are their property. Also, we must not forget all the quiet torture animals must endure, locked up, beaten scared, hunted, because most people regard them as nothing more than things with no feelings.
Mr. Bischof, by continuing to allow animals to be sent to their hideous demise, you are totally complicit in this heinous torture that must stop. Silence coupled with apathy are two of the worst evils.
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."
Martin Luther King
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me -
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin NiemöllerThe modern amendment to this poem could read:
"Then they came for the animals-the house pets, mountain gorillas, or animals being tortured in a lab, but I was not able to understand that we are all connected- so I did nothing."
And here is my petition,
Sign my petition urging the Canadian government to include animal rights in the constitution!