NASA’s Cruel Monkey Experiments Canceled?

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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.

PETA has obtained government documents showing that in August 2010, the Brookhaven National Laboratory—where NASA has been planning to fund a study to blast monkeys with radiation—made a decision about whether or not to move forward with the cruel project.

Unfortunately, before the government sent us these documents, it blacked out Brookhaven’s decision, so we don’t know if plans to hurt these animals are moving forward or not. However, a NASA representative recently told a reporter that this misguided project might not happen, so underneath all that black might be an announcement that the monkeys will be spared.

In an additional boost to the campaign this week, former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao spoke out against the monkey radiation experiments in a column for Discovery News.

You can help us find out the status of these cruel experiments by taking a moment to call the Department of Energy (DOE) at 202-586-5000 and politely asking if plans are still in place to bombard squirrel monkeys with radiation at Brookhaven.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind