Animal rights activists on Thursday held a protest outside the Indian High Commission here calling for Air India to stop “transporting animals to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed.”

Wearing jumpsuits and dog masks and holding signs that read, “Air India: Cruelty Shouldn’t Fly,” activists of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the airline had “gone back” on its assurance. “AI’s repeated assurances that it will refuse to transport animals to laboratories apparently meant nothing — the airline has gone right back to shipping animals to their deaths,” said PETA’s Campaigns Coordinator Kirsty Henderson.