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Humane Hijackers Take Over TWTRCON Feed

Written by PETA | June 16, 2010

As NASA public affairs specialist Stephanie Schierholz took to the stage at Monday’s TWTRCON to weigh in on “customer service,” animal defenders elsewhere took to their Twitter accounts and took over the #TWTRCON hashtag—specifically weighing in on NASA’s plan to fund a misguided, cruel, and wasteful experiment in which dozens of squirrel monkeys would be blasted with harmful space radiation.




Tweets about NASA’s radiation experiments started appearing on large projectors flanking the sides of the stage that the conference was using to display tweets about the event. One attendee reported that after the NASA representative responded to the surprise Twitter protest by shrugging her shoulders and rolling her eyes, curious audience members could be heard tapping on their keyboards for more information about NASA’s plans to bankroll the torment of monkeys at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Harvard’s McLean Hospital.

Schierholz reportedly muttered, “[M]aybe we’re experimenting on monkeys.” No, NASA—if caring people have anything to say about it, you won’t be. We’ll keep tweeting and taking to the streets, the phone lines, and online petitions until your plans for these cruel, senseless experiments are canceled.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Kayta says:

    Harvard makes money from some of the cruelest AND MOST UNNECESSARY animal experiments ever. For all the image they try to project Harvard maintains sadists that are committing white collar crime to profit from tax money on unnecessary archaic experiments that just let a “researcher” profit. As for Maclean’s Hospital they treat people badly too. Not long ago their hired CEO a psychiatrist got exposed and fired for preying sexually on a female patient.

  • GW says:

    This PR hack can be reached at

  • Toby says:

    I know a NASA employee and his wife does commissionwork for NASA sometimes and my guess for what it’s worth is that he would do whatever he was told the problem should be addressed from the ‘topdown’… I say the same for animal rights in general the law should get involved for maximum impact… maybe that’s stating the obvious!

  • Lois says:

    Good to know that Twitter is useful for something! NASA has done some marvelous things but experimenting on animals is not among them.

  • Beck says:

    WOW!! thats awesome

  • Anna says:

    Great work!

  • Lori says:

    Way to go!