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PETA Blasts Iran’s 1960s-Era Space Program

Written by PETA | January 29, 2013

Like many of you, we were appalled by photos that have surfaced showing a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was reportedly launched into space by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA). Back in 2011, our friends at PETA U.K. urged agency head Dr. Hamid Fazeli to ground the misguided mission, pointing out that nonhuman primates are no longer sent into space by the American or European space agencies.

It appears that Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. Monkeys are smart and sensitive animals who not only are traumatized by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and after a flight—if they survive.

NASA ended the use of primates in space radiation experiments in the early 1990s, following protests by PETA. In 2010, NASA’s plans to restart the program were canceled after PETA and others voiced strong ethical and scientific objections to the ill-advised plan.

Similarly, the European Space Agency (ESA) has a very active space exploration program and has publicly stated that it “declines any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such results.” The ESA instead employs modern technology such as state-of-the-art simulators to assess health risks for astronauts.

Whether it happens in Iran or Ireland, in an underground laboratory or in outer space, cruelly exploiting animals for specious science is indefensible. We’ve reached out to the ISA once again to ask it to stop shooting monkeys into space. Learn how you can help stop experimentation on all animals

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  • marine says:

    it’s horrible it is clear that he is terrified his eyes said everything is disgusting to do that but when is that the human being will stop experiments on animals leave them alone! the animo are great they love, intelligence, loyalty, purity, curiosity, innocence … … ect! they are full-fledged beings they have rights or at least they should be !!!!!!!! how help stop experimentation on all animals ??

  • Teresa E cheverría says:

    As human beings, we really NEED EDUCATION AND LEARN ABOUT COMPASION. If God give us a Paradise, if that is real; we are destroying all CREATION… I can´t believe our actions!

  • Bitzonis says:

    How horrible! I feel sick..

  • Blitz says:

    C’est inhumain , inacceptable , barbare !!!!

  • maggie says:

    please stop this. Please stop being so cruel.

  • Christine Rancourt says:

    Ceci est un comportement complètement déshumaniser !!

  • Glenda Liuzza says:

    STOP THESE CRUEL EXPERIMENTS! CAN’T YOU SEE THE POOR MONKEY IS FRIGHTENED AND IS SUFFERING.

  • Nancy Keller says:

    As a volunteer for years at a no-kill animal shelter and an animal advocate this picture saddens me more than I can describe in words. What do we have to do to defend these animal’s rights? I cannot wait until animals rule the world and get their revenge on such cruel humans!

  • Glenda Liuzza says:

    STOP THESE CRUEL EXPERIMENTS! CAN’T YOU SEE THE POOR MONKEY IS FRIGHTENED AND IS SUFFERING.

  • Conrad says:

    this is very sad and sick come on where is your heart in your back side. this animal has feelings and feels pain like us humans do. come on please stop this. put a man in space he or she will no doubt survive.

  • Martina Jerabek says:

    Shoot them up themselves – not animals!

  • kathy miller says:

    this is heart breaking!!!!! how can anyone look in the face of that poor frightened little animal and do that to it??????? MONSTERS.

  • ariel says:

    This is disgusting – please tell us how we can work to stop this.

  • etienne saint vregord says:

    Oh my lord. It’s the worst I’ve seen. What the hell has a monkey into space to do, have these people become raving mad, we live in 2013, I thought that people had a lot more sense in their head than before. No one are allowed to do like this against animals, the poor poor terrified monkey will go a slow pineful demise This is an terrible crime against animals. This must have consequences, it must never go unnoticed :(

  • Jen says:

    This is a living breathing beautiful creature of GOD!!! This is appalling and ridiculous and it must stop immediately!!!! My heart aches for these poor animals. Humans are selfish and destructive and despicable.

  • Isabelle Fischer says:

    Iran government sucks

  • Isabella Ireland says:

    This is a complete disrespect for life.

  • mel says:

    i doon’t knkow why they send animals in the space they didnt ask for it

  • dorline rockwell says:

    STOP THOSES CRUELTIES WITH THE ANIMALS. GO TO THE SPACE IF YOU WANT, BUT KEEP THE ANIMALS IN PEACE !!

  • Tara says:

    I was horrified when I saw this picture. It brought me back to when Russia send Laika into space, an act which was since widely ridiculed as cruel and unethical, prompting a statue to be erected in her name. We realize the torture involved in an act such as this and should instead focus our scientific advances on making the planet better, rather than killing one another.

  • emmanuel aucordier says:

    a shame !!

  • Julie brannigan says:

    This is so cruel it’s bracks my heart, hope u rot in hell.

  • emmanuel aucordier says:

    a shame !!

  • michele lacroix says:

    this is an act worthy of mentally retarded, A shame !! stop this, or sent one of yours !

  • Grettel solorzano Ulloa says:

    STOP ANIMAL SLAVERY

  • LAD says:

    I don’t have the words to express the sadness I feel…..how can those mother *&^)) stand there and not feel, see and do something about this animals suffering. REPREHENSIBLE.

  • BW says:

    Absolutely cruel!

  • Lauren Bywater says:

    We are all animals, we are all equal if you find it okay to put innocent animals up in space and think its acceptable you might as well put your children/grandchildren into space they would be just as terrified as the poor monkey’s. Its okay though because you put monkey’s up into there so what’s the difference with small defenseless children?

  • Anneline says:

    I urge you to please stop this cruelty agains these animals!!! I´m horrified, and this must stop. Action is beeing taken, and i beg you to find other ways of working, then taking these innocent lives, that have thi right to a full life in freedom!!!!

  • maria del pilar says:

    what, ok maybe this country haven´t had reed the latest news since 1990 or more, or maybe they saw that movie in which 4 dogs goes to the space and can handle perfectly the ship, maybe, maybe ….. or maybe they are nuts

  • Laura Wingham says:

    Barbaric.

  • Christina says:

    This is an abomination to animal rights, there’s no reason why any animal needs to go through this. Just like every other living species on this planet, we all feel, we all have souls. Please reconsider what you have planned.

  • kathy omeara says:

    This is revolting. It makes me sick that people are so cruel!!

  • kari prine says:

    I am absolutely appalled by the program using animals in space. Its absurd. Animals have feelings and can feel terrified, traumatized, etc. Just as a child wouldn’t be used, animals should not be. this is absolutely disgusting. Unbelievable. Animals have no voice and thank god PETA can try and be the voice for these poor defenseless animals who are being abused in this way. This should be criminal.

  • kathy omeara says:

    This is revolting. It makes me sick that people are so cruel!!

  • Sonia Martinez says:

    These actions are like taking a Million steps backwards. I urge you to please stop launching primates or any animals into outer space.

  • Ivalu says:

    All the terrible things you make to animals, they will come back to you.. even if you are a scientific…. Life is a boumerang, and all this sadness things will stop soon.

  • Margherita ramella says:

    This is horrifying. How can human beings be so cruel and ignorants?

  • mutron angel says:

    Boooooo….. leave our primate cousins alone!!! Booooooooooo!!!!!:(

  • Ayelah Willumsgaard says:

    Unnecessary Cruelty :(

  • Adilia Anduray says:

    Stop experimenting and abusing animals

  • Elita says:

    Stop testing your sh*t on animals!

  • Belanisa pimenta says:

    Revoltante!!!!

  • Janet says:

    Stop it

  • Cara says:

    This is no way to treat any living being, even for science!

  • Dekyi Dolkar Barshee says:

    Do not use primates to send them in the space, it is cruel , useless and unethical !

  • Lelah says:

    That is completely horrible, and I really don’t know how you people can sleep at night.

  • Shannon says:

    So incredibly sad….

  • Rackell says:

    THIS IS BEYOND CRUEL AND HORRIFIC. SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE TO SEND SUCH AN INNOCENT CREATURE. JUST THINK HOW HORRIFIED AND SCARED THIS MONKEY WAS. THEY ARE SCARED LIKE HUMANS ARE TOO AND THEY FEEL PAIN JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, WAKE UP!

  • Verónica Portillo Arufe says:

    Terrible

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