Skip to Main Content

European Space Agency Sides With Monkeys

Written by PETA | June 11, 2010

Victory Update: Following a year of vigorous campaigning, PETA has learned that government officials have grounded plans for a cruel and ineffective radiation experiment on monkeys. Learn more about this victory for monkeys.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is light years ahead of NASA in the compassion, technology, and common-sense departments. In a recent letter to Animal Defenders International, Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA’s director general, stated that the ESA “declines any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such result.”

So in other words, the European equivalent of NASA is saying that experimenting on monkeys is useless! That’s pretty much exactly what PETA has been saying all along about NASA’s cruel plan to fund an experiment in which as many as 30 squirrel monkeys would be blasted with radiation and confined for the rest of their lives so that researchers could observe the devastating results. The ESA recently launched its sophisticated Mars500 project, which includes a 520-day-long experiment on six human volunteers and simulates the conditions of a trip to Mars.

We’re applauding the ESA’s staunch stance against these archaic and inhumane experiments and are keeping the pressure on NASA. Just today, PETA members dressed as Trekkies protested at the debut of NASA’s Star Trek Live stage show at the Kennedy Space Center to urge the space agency to let monkeys live long and prosper:



You can join the protest by contacting the Brookhaven National Laboratory and urging it to halt plans to irradiate monkeys for this NASA-funded experiment.

Let’s hope that this pressure from Trekkies, taxpayers, and NASA’s overseas counterpart convinces the agency to finally move out of the Dark Ages and into the Space Age by dropping cruel and crude animal experiments in favor of humane and effective modern technologies that are actually relevant to human astronauts.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

Commenting is closed.
  • Marisa says:

    And Meg u have to start thinking about what animals do 4 us everyday look how many animals are killed for our reasons??!! And y do they hav 2 send animals huh the ppl who sign up 4 nasa are suppose to go 2 space and let them die instead of INOSENT animals!!!

  • ATTALI says:

    I’m with you to dfender all animals !!

  • Alesha says:

    Meg Schramm i understand what you are saying and i am grateful for their successes but you need to understand what i am saying. Using animals to do their dirty work is absolutely stupid and “unsophisticated”.

  • Marisa says:

    Im with Alesha This is just cruel thats part of wy we’re here they cant stand up 4 themselves so we have to all this animal cruelty is WRONG!!

  • Alesha says:

    I dont give a hoot about NASA planning to send those innocent monkeys out into space it is cruel and “unsophisticated”. Why cant they send one of thier stupid satelites if they are so interested in this NEW project send the men that work for NASA OHH wait they are too scared not so manly after all are they so why dont they be cruel and selfish and send the monkeys up to do the job for them. I am so sick of animal cruelty i love animals to pieces and that will never change. My heart belongs to them and they deserve it. We just happen to be at the top of the food chain making our say the FINAL say. For everyone that does bad to animals “Go to hell!!!”

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Manic Thank you I will look for that. Alesha The next time you cook something in a microwave oven thank the good folks at the NASA space program because they are responsible for that. The microwave oven as well as the process and packaging that makes food microwaveable were developed so astronauts would not have to eat cold flavored proteincarbohydrate paste out of a tube for weeks on end.

  • Manic Monkey says:

    Rev. Meg Schramm From I heard James Cameron was working on a project in which he was trying to get footage of the unexplored regions of the ocean.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    My Dad worked on the space program for over 30 years and while I was proud of that I once asked him a question he was not entirely able to answer. “Why are we trying to explore the universe when we have not even really explored the wonders of our own planet? I mean the things we can’t see like what is really on the bottom of the ocean?” Also actors Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt once starred in a movie titled I think Project X. The movie was about a chimpanzee trained to use American Sign Language to communicate who is sold to the United States government for use in radiation experiments. It was an excellent film and a real eyeopener.

  • Manic Monkey says:

    Saucy I’m not arguing against the fact that this experiment on the monkeys is pointless but if it wasn’t for NASA how exactly would the fancy 21 century satellites we use today get into orbit? Alesha If your 12 then chances are you know fellow pre teens that have invisible braces which are far less embarassing than standard metal braces. Guess what? Those were made possible after the material they are made out of was developed by NASA.

  • Saucy says:

    Yeah What exactly do they think they are going to find out there? Rocks? Come on folks there is nothing out there but well……… If NASA is so unevolved and unsophisticated that they still torture monkeys for answers I don’t think they will ever find whatever it is that they seek. How about NASA with all of your space ships and cameras and equipment you step into the TwentyFirst Century? How about that NASA? How about leaving the monkey science behind? It is amazing what wisdom can grow out of a heart of compassion.

  • Alesha says:

    I may only be 12 but that doesnt mean anything. Sending animals into space just for research research that we dont even need is unthoughtful and selfish think of the animals that are being sent up there its rediculous. Good on you PETA at least you have your heads screwed on!!!

  • Toby says:

    Cheers ESA. ‘Light years’ ahead is ‘right’.

  • Toby says:

    I wouldn’t mind if all the funding that goes to space exploration was put towards the welfare of indiviudals instead. Ethics is a higher priority than space exploration afterall. I say the same about artssports funding or any other sort of recreational funding if it went to healthcare and aid to those suffering regardless of species then surely it would be just. It would be a pretty big tradeoff but it would be just. When the issue is ‘science of outerspace vs. ethics’ or ‘artsports vs. ethics’ it’s hardly a tough choice!Ethics should come first legally and otherwise.

  • Alesha says:

    Hae i think it is great what PETA is doing total different subject but when i saw that video under the tab get active i cried literally it just breaks my heart how heartless and careless those researchers are animals should have rights!!