Air India reneges on promise to stop transportation of animals for vivisection – Chaitanya Koduri


An Appeal to Bharata Bharati Visitors from PETA

I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the most well-known animal welfare organisation in India, to respectfully ask that the visitors to Bharata Bharati join us in urging Air India not to renege on its promise to stop transporting animals to laboratories for use in cruel experiments. The assistance of visitors to Bharata Bharati in this regard would add a tremendous boost to our campaign.

Beagle in cage at Chennai CustomsIn March, Air India followed the lead of many progressive airlines, including FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, EVA Air and Jet Airways, by vowing not to ship animals to laboratories after representatives from PETA explained how animal tests cause extreme suffering. In one recent experiment, male beagles’ legs were cut open so that transmitters could be inserted into them, tubes were forced into their penises and they were repeatedly injected with experimental drugs. Young dogs are commonly poisoned to death in toxicity tests after being force-fed chemicals for months. Other animals are burned, blinded, cut open, starved, drugged and killed in experiments.

Rohit Nandan is the MD of Air IndiaAside from being inhumane – and against the principle of ahimsa – these experiments do not help humans. Vast physiological differences exist between species, and the results from animal experiments cannot be accurately applied to human beings.

We know that Bharata Bharati visitors respect all living beings, both human and non-human. Their comments would surely influence a company that wants to accommodate and satisfy Hindu passengers and others who care about animals. Your help would be of great value to PETA, as it could truly save countless animals. 

Below is a sample letter to the chair of Air India. Visitors are free to use it in its entirety or to change it to their liking. The letter can then be e-mailed to the MD of Air India, Mr. Rohit Nandan, at — Dr. Chaitanya Koduri, Scientific Adviser to PETA

Copy the letter below into an email, date and sign it, and send it to the Air India MD Rohit Nandan at

Rohit Nandan
Chair and Managing Director
Air India Limited
Air India Building
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021

[Day / Month / 2012]

Dear Mr Nandan,

I recently learned from my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that Air India is reneging on its compassionate promise to stop shipping animals to laboratories for use in cruel experiments. On behalf of people who care about animals all over the world, I respectfully ask that you kindly reconsider your decision.

By transporting animals to laboratories, you will not only hurt sentient beings, who are made of flesh, bone and blood, just as we are, but also tarnish your reputation and alienate compassionate passengers, including Hindus and others who believe that the Divine exists equally in all living beings, both human and non-human.

Caring travellers admire and support Jet Airways, FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, EVA Air, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines for banning or restricting shipments of animals to laboratories. Wouldn’t Air India like to rejoin this list of progressive airlines with compassionate policies?

When making your decision, I ask that you consider not only the business implications of participating in actions that harm animals but also the future of the animals. Like us, animals can feel pain, anxiety, loneliness, love and joy. When we show kindness and compassion to animals, we prove that we are merciful, benevolent beings who are worthy of all the blessings in our lives.

Please bring back the ban on transporting animals to laboratories. Will you let me know what you plan to do so that I can share the information with my followers? Thank you for your time.


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