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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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  • Jordan says:

    im confused, you say people and animals are supposed to be equal. but you get pissed off when monkeys are sent into space even though you have never once protested humans going into space. this is the shit that makes people think your crazy

  • aeron ftree says:

    this makes me very angry the question is why idiots

  • eva breant says:

    animal cruelty …. :'(

  • Paola says:

    Evil Fu**ers

  • steffani says:

    This is cruel and insane. An end needs to be found to this rediculous experimentation you call science. Its time to use technology for these tasks not living beings.

  • Kerri says:

    This is horrendous and breaks my heart! How cruel, barbaric and unnecessary to do this to innocent animals like this precious monkey! Please STOP immediately!!!

  • vonnie iams says:

    PLEASE stop shooting monkeys into space. The subject should be able to give consent – use human volunteers who can give consent.

  • Anita Clemmer says:

    Stop! Stop! Stop! This doesn’t help any space program and only tortures innocent animals.

  • Tara Ramsey says:

    A demonstration of evil at its finest here. This is absolutely sickening and indefensible!!!

  • billie kaine says:

    Absolutely horrendous. Iran, you don’t win any points by doing these terrible experiments. You show no humility at all. A shame

  • Cecilia says:

    Basta de maltrato a los animales. El México y el mundo está indignado con sus prácticas inhumanas.

  • millie says:

    I wish this stuff would stop ): its so sad

  • newman says:

    Can you save this monkey ?? can we find a way to take him off this horror ??? !!

  • suzanne webb says:

    how disgusting we humans should be ashamed yet again

  • Natalia Shidlovskaya says:

    This is a terrible act of violence on the creature that understand and feel the pain as much as humans do.

  • Barbara Brownell says:

    So very barbaric. My heart goes out to that beautiful animal being tortured. Perhaps they should have sent the Doctor up instead. I would pay to see that.

  • Barbara Brownell says:

    So very barbaric. My heart goes out to that beautiful animal being tortured. Perhaps they should have sent the Doctor up instead. I would pay to see that.

  • tanya depoalo says:

    This is utterly despicable. I am outraged and will not support nasa in any of their efforts as long as they continue to be so evil in their scientific explorioatns!

  • Kimberly soto says:

    please stop this unnecessary cruelty to animals. innocent creatures that cannot speak for themselves with words, but the above picture speaks a thousand words of fear!

  • Amanda says:

    I can not stand these animals suffer with all the cruelity by scientists. Iran has really bad problems with treatment of their own people as well. Animals have no way to speak up for themselves so we need to ! These people make me sick to my stomach. How cruel are they , who knows? Amanda

  • lacroix Cathy says:

    Awful! what a cruelty!

  • Helen Walker says:

    So wrong 🙁

  • Sulaiman Mohamed Ali says:

    Stop using innocent animals!

  • Sandra G. says:

    Please Stop using defenseless animals for pathetic useless experiments. This is wrong in the code that holds us as human beings. He who sympathizes with animals, makes the world a better place. Stop this horrifying experiments it is only shedding negativity on your country

  • Anju Mehta says:

    This needs to stop….

  • annamari niittynen says:

    poor baby:( humans are sick cause they do something like this. Discusting.

  • claire says:

    This is disgusting!! Please stop exploiting all animals

  • The Gultom says:

    This article you called as “Blast” ? I don’t think so! ,its sound more whining than blasting. PETA is doing double standard again in matter of protest,If the subject was NASA, ESA or others “White” affiliated you would groaning, moaning, violently protesting,Naked marching,fill the lawsuit and many hardcore action,but when it comes to Minority group you guys just soft and incredibly just pass it. so tell me who the one is racist in here? y and the funny part from this article was : ” Whether it happens in Iran or Ireland, in an underground laboratory or in outer space, cruelly exploiting animals for specious science is indefensible” Wow! I mean WOW! since when Ireland had the outer space program?, its really sickening me you guys still managed to blame the Whites peoples in this event. I mean really!!! how much racism you can got?

  • michelle says:

    This is deplorable!!! Shoot the crazy Iranian’s up in space and maybe they will be meeting the virgin brides!!! Bullshit!!

  • Deborah Barry says:

    This is appalling.

  • Iran's 1960s-era space program says:

    My heart aches for this poor monkey- The look on his face says it all. Please stop this craziness

  • Monica McQuade says:

    This sooooo awful!! Just look at the terrified face of this beautiful creature!! How can they do that to him/her??

  • patricia says:

    please, stop annimal’s suffering!

  • macarena says:

    Stop the cruelty!!!! Stop sending monkeys to space, or any kind of animal. That’s one of the worst thing ever. You are no body to do that!!

  • Theresa Garbarino says:

    This is absolutely appalling, blasphemy if you will. The terrified look on these poor monkeys’ faces hurts me to my core. These innocent primates deserve to be treated with respect not to be tested on or launched into space against their will.

  • Sofia Goncalves says:

    This is pure torture. Is Iran in the stone age???’

  • Kristin Hauser says:

    Sickening and shameful! Those responsible for this space project should be persecuted. Indefensible.

  • Joanne Roy says:

    Please stop this nonsens.

  • Nisha says:

    This need to be stopped

  • Ana Cristina Peñuela says:

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sabina Hujdur says:

    For what it’s worth “humans”??

  • Jewnnifer says:

    Geeze,I am sorry about those typos. Od course I meant poor little GUY’S face.

  • Ana Cristina Peñuela says:

    DIOS MÍO!!!!!!!!!!, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿HASTA CUANDO??????

  • Jennifer says:

    This is above and beyond cruel. Look at the porr little guts face? What monsters!! Completely restrained like that! This makes me sick. people suck.

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  • Alison Bentlin says:

    I am disgusted and angry at this cruel, inhumane and unnecessary practice. Stop this now. You have no right to treat an innocent animal in this barbaric way.

  • Francesca Giampino says:

    This is so horrible in so many level! Why must people use animals as subjects of abuse, torture and cruelty? This must be stopped and must have consequences!

  • Candi says:

    This disgusts me to the fullest! I thought we were past this…….

  • Shivakumar BG says:

    I had a lot of respect of Iran in all honesty. I thought Iranians were kind and considerate people. What a disappointment!!! What a shame!!! This is certainly not the islam that I have known.

  • Donna Smith says:

    please stop sending monkeys into space or using animal for experiments..this helpless, scared animals are suffering for no need, please have a heart..modern technology is available.