Written by Jeff Mackey
Where others see problems, PETA sees possibilities. Case in
point: The Kennedy Space
Center is looking for tenants
for some of its facilities left vacant by the end of the shuttle program, so
PETA has inquired about renting a vacant repair hangar or other building there—so that we can turn it
into a memorial for the chimpanzees (in)famously abused for violent crash tests
and experimental flights in the U.S. space program.
Courtesy of NASA
While NASA may have made the compassionate decision to stop experimenting
on chimpanzees decades ago—more than a half-century after a chimpanzee named
Ham was subjected to
painful tests and then fired into space—nearly 1,000
of these highly intelligent and social animals continue to be tortured in laboratories
across the country. PETA's proposed memorial would allow NASA to acknowledge its
part in this shameful history—including the unfortunate role that the agency's
breeding program had in creating a population of captive chimpanzees who
subsequently spent decades being tormented in labs and whose offspring are
still locked up—while helping to bring attention to the need for the United
States to join every other industrialized nation on Earth in banning
experiments on chimpanzees.
Toward that end, more than 160 senators and representatives have
already signed on to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.
Passage of this important legislation would permanently end the use of chimpanzees
and all other great apes in invasive experiments, retire federally owned apes
to sanctuaries—where many chimpanzee refugees from the space program are
already lucky enough to reside—and save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.
contact your U.S. senators
and urge them to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S.
they haven't already and to make sure that it becomes law.
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