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The Star of the International Space Conference

Written by PETA | June 2, 2010

Some people just can’t take a little bit of constructive criticism. Over the weekend, a PETA supporter took to the stage at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference to interrupt a speech by NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Today, we received a phone call from Gary Barnhard, executive director of the National Space Society, threatening to sue us if we released details of the microphone takeover to the media. Ground control to Major Tom?

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Alarms everywhere are sounding over NASA’s plan to spend squander $1.75 million in tax dollars so that a vivisector can subject as many as 30 squirrel monkeys to cruel radiation experiments and a lifetime of confinement in order to observe the devastating effects of radiation on the animals’ brains and bodies. NASA apparently insists on strong-arming its way forward with these experiments, even though they may also violate NASA grant guidelines and federal regulations.

The results of NASA’s planned experiments cannot be reliably applied to humans because of biological differences between species and the fact that astronauts are exposed to low levels of radiation over extended periods of time, as opposed to the single large dose that the monkeys will be given in a matter of minutes. In a recent column criticizing these experiments, a neurologist who is affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated, “[T]he experiments are poorly planned and a far cry from the real life conditions humans would be confronted with in space. . . . At best we will come away $2 million poorer with information that we won’t know how to safely apply, and at worst, we will be misled by the results of this experiment in ways that can seriously jeopardize the safety of future astronauts.”

NASA officials seem bent on proceeding with this cruel, wasteful experiment. So let’s show them that our collective determination to stop it is stronger by tweeting, dialing, and e-mailing in defense of monkeys and decency today.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • indycar01 says:

    manic monkey go back and read what the guy from fda said. and what peta other people told you biological differences short term effects ect..

  • Astan says:

    This is WHITE COLLAR CRIME. Grown men acting like deviants and wasting huge amounts of taxpayer money doing NOTHING but torturing animals. We have to stop both the animal abuse AND the financial fraud. These people don’t care about the animals and they don’t care about our money. They just grab what they can get on the flimsiest of pretexts.

  • Mela says:

    “NASA is welfare for rich people” Wanda Sykes

  • May Gordon says:

    I admire this girl’s courage and am horrified that NASA continues these horrific acts of sadistic cruelty. Poor animals suffer again.

  • Meg says:

    Good for her… We need more people like her standing up for animals.

  • Paul says:

    Well done that woman! The people funding these experiments need to be confronted on their ‘home’ ground.

  • Lauren Holt says:

    That women is one of the bravest people out there. I LOVE how she just calmly walked over and no one seemed to care for about 30 seconds then were like Ohh…no.

  • Toby says:

    That gives me an adrenaline rush to see but I only wish she had been a quickertalker! With 10 seconds to talk to that crowd the facts about ethical philosophy and the science of apeconsciousness needs to ‘fly out’!

  • adriana says:

    im so sick of the people in charge making horrible disgusting decisions!!the experiment doesnt even make sense.poor defenseless animals.this is why i have no faith in humanity bc people r gross

  • Manic Monkey says:

    Allow me to play the devil’s advocate but without animal testing for space exploration there would be no manned space flight and along with it none of the inventions that followed such as telecommunication satellites which I’m pretty sure members of PETA have been known to use. The dog that made it possible Laika is a hero in Russia and did more for this planet in death then it ever could of alive. That is just my opinion though. Feel free to disagree.

  • Bonnie says:

    You go girl! Thank you for being a voice for those who cannot speak. I’m right there with you and I wish there was more that I could do.

  • Kayla Ritchie says:

    people are so cruel they didn’t even give her the time to finish.

  • Brittany says:

    This is unacceptable. Poor animals lives are been taken away once again to useless and cruel experiments. This HAS to be stopped we have to stand up for those helpless animals. The woman who stood up to fight against this should be awarded.

  • Priscilla says:

    I find it repulsive that our government is violating animals particularly when nothing is to be gained. Sadistic experiments should not be tolerated. It’s the 21st Century. We can be a better people than that.

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  • M says:

    This is just part of NASA’s venture away from Human Space Flight. We can’t subject humans to inspirational trips into space because the money is being taken away from Human Spaceflight and given to outfits like this to perform experiments. If you don’t want more money flowing to tests of this ilk support Human Space Flight!

  • Susan Vojkufka says:

    If we are silent about this cruelty. We aren’t helping animals. I applaud the woman who stood up for what she believes in.

  • Samantha Hamrick says:

    GOOD FOR HER!!! It is nice to see someone stand up like that for what they believe in.

  • Kate says:

    NASA is sick. animal experiments are not only disgusting inhumane and cruel they can NEVER be applied to humans so they are a WASTE of a life time money.

  • Dee says:

    Is there ever any end to cruel unnecessary experiments??!!! DISGUSTING!

  • Stephen Oxford says:

    Sick…experiment on yourself.

  • Stacy Guidry says:

    Who do you think you are? These tests are IRRELEVANT. You are not saving anyone. Stop animal testing NOW!

  • Johan Erasmus says:

    I do not want my tax dollars going for cruel and inhumane torture on animals where it hardly seems to server any purpose. NASA looses my respect.