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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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  • steff says:

    ist there a petition for this???

  • TANNEAU says:

    ANIMALS RIGHT ? WHAT A SHAME

  • Nicole Thompson says:

    These procedures are appalling and need to stop!! Immediately!

  • Shivaun Huggard says:

    That poor frightened little monkey. I am sickened by what human kind does to animals. I am very sad about this.

  • Silvana says:

    What is this for?…. human has already been in space

  • Sara Charania says:

    Disgusting, disgraceful and unnecessary – I am ashamed to be part of the human race – the poor, helpless monkey is wondering what the hell he has done to deserve this, how about using extreme criminals like rapists and murderers and not using animals!

  • christine kenza bahi says:

    c’est une honte,un vrai musulman ne fera hjamais du mal à un etre vivant et après ils se disent croyants!!à la place d’un coeur vous avez une pierre…kenza

  • christine kenza bahi says:

    c’est une honte,un vrai musulman ne fera hjamais du mal à un etre vivant et après ils se disent croyants!!à la place d’un coeur vous avez une pierre…kenza

  • Iris Koch says:

    This is HEARTBREAKING!!!

  • Marco says:

    PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW!!!

  • Upasana says:

    When will people understand the difference between humans and innocent animals

  • Peters isabelle says:

    c’est une honte ! en regardant cette photo je vois ce pauvre animal térrifié. comment peut on faire ça. je suis sure que cela n’a aucune utilité. c’est horrible

  • Kimi says:

    Stop cruelty to animals..this is unethical

  • Danielle Vermette says:

    Please stop this cruelty and take into consideration the modern methods used byESA!!! this is inhumane why put so much pain and suffering on these living beings? tie and launch yourselves into space .

  • Tracy Samassa says:

    oh my god this monkey is terrified. What the F#%$@ is wrong with people. This breaks my heart. This poor poor monkey.

  • Nancy He says:

    HORRIBLE !!! STOP THIS

  • Danielle Vermette says:

    Please stop this cruelty and take into consideration the modern methods used byESA!!! this is inhumane why put so much pain and suffering on these living beings? tie and launch yourselves into space .

  • Marja says:

    This most stop!!!!! Take humans to experiment, they have a choise!!!!

  • anni says:

    why hate people animals and will give pain at them? this ape is a child of god, why doe you this. pleas stop it….

  • Adrienne Gardiner says:

    Dear god what ar eyou doing. In the n ame of humanity you must stop immediately.

  • helene sjödin says:

    Happy Peta shows this to the world. We all need to speak up and help these monkeys. Iran needs to stop this sick actions!!!!

  • Dana Kareakin says:

    Please stoped !!!

  • Laureen says:

    Not only is it downright cruel to shoot such a cute and innocent creature into space, it is also really, really bad PR for Iran. (The world is watching!) It just baffles me how human beings are capable of hurting others.

  • Maria Valle says:

    This is again cruelty against animals. Send a human, make experimentation on yourself !!!!!!

  • Louise Maccagno Thevenet says:

    Stop sending innocent animals, send murdurers or other sick peoples for experiments at least they will do one good thing for humainity.

  • Oliver Schaaf says:

    When I see things like this I get an idea who could be sent into space…

  • Paweł Brzezińs says:

    This is sick

  • Yvonne says:

    I’m horrified to read that you are going to send an speechless animal to space. I know that Americans have done this as well, but that doesn’t mean it is a noble and ethic thing to do. Please, look into his eyes. Those really break my heart. Let him go and send a volunteering human instead. Thank you so much for reading this. regards, Yvonne

  • Petro says:

    This is the cruelest thing i ever see! 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.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. So, what is wrong with you?

  • zoe says:

    How could they do this, this is sick, the poor little monkey is scared to death.

  • Mareike Schultz says:

    Das menschliche Wesen kann abscheulich sein und ergötzt sich am Leid anderer.Kann man wirklich stolz sein zur menschlichen Rasse zu gehören?

  • Dorothea Foertsch says:

    Please stop shooting monkeys into space. Whether it happens in Iran or Ireland, in an underground laboratory or in outer space, cruelly exploiting animals for specious science is indefensible. Thank you.

  • Monica Ohlsson says:

    disgusting, I´m chocked

  • deepali chanan says:

    Sir, i just wanted to say that animals do have rights. So please let them free and this is so inhuman to hurt themand make them feel so bad. Why do innocent animals have to pay for such experiments. Humans those are willing to go into space, should be sent. Please consider this plea. Thanks.

  • claudia says:

    I’m sure there ate volunteering astronauts who would love the ourtunity. Also, why don’t we take of care and heal the world we live in instead of finding a way to escape it once we have completely destroyed it. Put you knowledge, research, money in to that instead of poluting the cosmos.

  • Chiara rossi says:

    Just pure cruelty…..

  • Chiara rossi says:

    Just pure cruelty…..

  • Barbara Rudek says:

    This is so terrible!

  • Ruthanne Holbert says:

    This inhuman and cruel treatment institute for this innocent animal. Please stop this abuse. This is a violation of the rights of all living beings.

  • Heumüller says:

    What is the human …

  • Sandra Holthausen says:

    Stop that cruelty against monkeys

  • Jenny Kropik-Lim says:

    This is utterly cruel and heartbreaking! This is not not civilized!!

  • Christina Heix says:

    stop torturing animals!!!

  • Jeanine says:

    Please release this monkey and all animals you are keeping for experiments you are giving a bad impression to the world regarding the Iranian nation

  • Roshana Anahsor says:

    This is absolutely barbaric and disgusting. It is also an outdated practice which proves you are all decades behind in research with space. Show more humanity!

  • S. van Vliet says:

    Please stop sending animals to space!!! It’s cruel and they are getting traumatized!!!!

  • Beatriz Lavagnino says:

    Esto es terrible, inhumano. No se como todavia en estos tiempos este crimen es permitido. Todos los sacrifican animales deberian de irse presos. NO HAY excusa para este martirio.

  • lola m says:

    Horrible!

  • ayesha says:

    stop this inhuman behaviour,,,its repulsive

  • lhmvanderkamp says:

    This can’t be true! Please stop!

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