NASA’s Monkey Radiation Experiment Halted

December 2010

Following a year of vigorous campaigning by PETA and others, including support from Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Barker, Alicia Silverstone, former astronauts, NASA engineers, and the European Space Agency; more than 100,000 e-mails; countless phone calls to government officials from PETA supporters; scores of protests at NASA locations; online actions on Twitter and Facebook; and formal government complaints demonstrating the flaws of the experiment, NASA has grounded plans for a $1.75 million study in which dozens of squirrel monkeys would have been exposed to a harmful dose of radiation.

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