By Tom McGhee
Animal rights activists demonstrated Sunday outside Delta Airlines' ticket counters at Denver International Airport, urging travelers to boycott the company until its partner, Air France, stops transporting animals to research labs.
"They are involved in the transport of animals to laboratories where they are tortured," said Amanda Schemkes, an organizer of the demonstration.
"While Delta has a strong partnership with Air France, we do not influence their decisions regarding the transportation of animals," Delta spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said in an email.
Schemkes, 28, and Jordan Ezell, 23, formed the Bunny Alliance, a group that is traveling around the country protesting Delta.
The demonstrators held signs and chanted slogans like: "Hey there Delta, what do you say? How many animals have you killed today."
Kathy Krob, 46, who was getting ready to board a Delta flight, said finding demonstrators chanting about the treatment of animals on the sidewalk outside DIA's east terminal was "a little bit jarring."
But "It certainly would make me want to do a little more research," Krobe said. "If I found out it was true, it could have an impact" on whether she would pick Delta for a flight.
Leonelva Madigan, 64, who was flying on United on Sunday, questioned whether Delta would have enough influence to force a change on Air France.
Tyler Harris, 24, said he would look into the airlines' connection with transporting animals to labs. "In a way, I stand with animals," he said. More....