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Written by PETA | April 21, 2010
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Squirrel Monkey

Victory Update: Following a year of vigorous campaigning, PETA has learned that government officials have grounded plans for a cruel and ineffective radiation experiment on monkeys. Learn more about this victory for monkeys.

It’s World Week for Animals in Laboratories—do you know where your tweets are? Hopefully, they will soon be winging their way to NASA, with 140 characters of outrage (politely worded, of course) at its absurd plan to spend $1.75 million to bombard up to 30 squirrel monkeys with radiation and then lock them up and watch their bodies and minds deteriorate (which, based on past radiation experiments, could include blindness, brain tumors, and other types of cancer).

After you’ve tweeted at NASA, head on over to Lori Garver’s Facebook page (she’s NASA’s deputy administrator) to let her know where you weigh in on the “Save the Monkeys” debate. And don’t forget to link to PETA’s action alert on your home page.

Then pick up the phone and give Garver (202-358-1020) and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (202-358-1010) a call. Tell them you’d much prefer that your tax dollars be spent on modern, humane research methods that actually have some relevance to humans.

Finally, ask your congressional representative to use his or her influence to blast NASA’s cruel, wasteful, and possibly illegal plan to another galaxy—preferably one with no life forms that the space agency can exploit.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Anon It’s not natural that the mouse is not allowed the chance to get away that Mother Nature provides all prey animals in a true natural setting.

  • Nat says:

    I can’t seem to write on her wall . . ?

  • Mariia says:

    Isn’t it funny how NASA is meant to be a company based on space exploration science and the like? NASA who is widely trusted by millions of people are one of quite a few companies resulting to animal cruelty? Have humans really sunk that low? Maybe you forget what makes us human we can show compassion towards others even when they cannot. Where’s the compassion in these experiments?

  • Brian says:

    Seems strange that a bunch of scientists don’t know what bombarding monkeys with radiation will do to them. Its really quite obvious it will give them laser vision and super strength.

  • Anon says:

    Uh Rachel… Feeding a mouse to a snake which is both natural and necessary is RADICALLY different from the ridiculously sadistic tests NASA wants to perform. Honestly making connections like that will only hurt your chances in bringing awareness to others.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Gawd they do the same stupid experiments over and over. NASA is wasting their timethat money would be much better spent trying to improve conditions on the one planet that we know will support human life.

  • Crys says:

    It just upsets me so much that we don’t get to choose where our taxes go. I would never ever and I mean ever fund such a stupid and cruel thing. Thanks Peta for helping these beautiful primates!

  • Joanne says:

    What is the organization’s reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing those without conscience or hearts to financially gain from the selling of videos showing the torture and murder of small animals? How could this happen? This is not about free speech it’s about financial gain from torture and murder and making others as sick as they are. This is dark age stuff. This grants an okay to depraved criminals. What is the Supreme Court doing protecting criminals?

  • SAYNIRA says:

    WOW THAT IS SO CUTE I CANT BELIEVE HOW INTRESTING THAT IS.

  • Rachel says:

    And we wonder why there are so many issues. If we can’t respect a baby mouse like the one i stumbled upon being fed alive to a snake at a pet store why would we ever be able to respect each other? Or people from another galaxy.