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Iran Resurrects ‘Space Monkeys’

Written by PETA | June 29, 2011

Once upon a more barbaric time, the U.S. space program forced terrified primates to be “astronauts,” sending them into space, where some were roasted to death in their capsules. Although most countries with active space exploration programs have relegated cruel tests on primates to the dustbin of history, Iran recently announced plans to send a live monkey into space this summer. The disturbing news prompted PETA U.K. to blast off a letter to the head of Iran’s space program urging him to ground its primate experimentation program and instead use more humane and effective options such as the state-of-the-art human simulator already in use at the International Space Station. 

In the letter, PETA U.K. points out that cruel tests on nonhuman primates do not produce relevant results for human astronauts and that the prestigious European Space Agency has stated that it “declines any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such result.”

Last year, PETA convinced NASA to scrap plans to fund experiments on monkeys after the misguided program was widely condemned by scientists, physicians, NASA engineers, and the public.

Let’s hope that Iran’s space agency will join the 21st century and make its monkey experimentation program history.

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

Commenting is closed.
  • Nicola McClean says:

    I have contacted the Iranian Embassey London twice. They do not even have the manners to reply.

  • try hard PETA says:

    We need to cancel Iran’s plans. But I doubt I’m a nutjob will listen.

  • ironlikealionfromzion says:

    attention seeking “scientists”! what is the POINT in this?

  • Rat King says:

    What kind of a government is this? Do they not know that using animals for all kinds of experiments and vivisection is forbidden in Islam?

  • Lima says:

    Why are they allways testing with animals.they have to know that humans or robots can do it too.

  • Sally Soderholm says:

    This must be stopped!

  • Stevie Nicks says:

    There is no rational in these animal space expeditions. These are absolutely unfounded and do not have an effective result if any, on man conducting such expedition. This is a barbaric, costly and ineffective waste of time. These animals should be roaming freely in their natural habitat and not suffering the already tried and tested route of space exploration already undergone by man. Thank you.