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.
Employees at Brookhaven National Laboratory might have thought that their ears where playing tricks on them when they showed up at work Wednesday morning to find a message on their phones from none other than Alicia Silverstone. The not-so-Clueless actor is so fired up about NASA’s plans to fund an experimenter to bombard up to 30 squirrel monkeys with radiation at the facility that she sent a passionate phone message to each of Brookhaven’s more than 1,000 employees urging them to reject the experiments.
Alicia informed Brookhaven staffers that if the experiments go forward, then intelligent, social primates would be locked up in cages for the rest of their lives. The radiation could cause them to suffer brain damage, cancer, or even blindness.
She also told them that NASA’s European counterpart—the European Space Agency—has publicly condemned such experiments on monkeys.
Your tax dollars would be paying for these cruel and unnecessary experiments. Please add your two cents’ worth to Alicia’s by dropping Brookhaven’s head honchos a line, letting them know that you oppose NASA’s planned experiments on monkeys, and asking them nix the experiments right now. And don’t forget to urge everyone you know to pick up the phone too. We can save these monkeys.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor