Update: August 10, 2021
Great news! After receiving a letter from PETA and PETA Switzerland urging him to prohibit the use of animals in his experiments, Jean-Patrice Keka—the founder of the Congolese company Développement Tous Azimuts (DTA) and dubbed the “African Einstein” by the media—said that he won’t send the guinea pig Galaxionaut into space as previously planned but instead will immediately free him.
Keka added that the capsule for the Troposphere 6 rocket in DTA’s upcoming launch “will be fitted with various sensors which is an alternative method, to achieve the same result without the use of animals.” He also announced “a total ban on the use of animals in DTA’s space experiments.” In recognition of his compassionate and progressive decision, we’re honoring him with a PETA Lifesaver Award.
The only thing more pointless than sending billionaires into outer space is sending animals, but an upcoming space launch of Troposphere 6—a shuttle developed for the Congolese enterprise Développement Tous Azimuts (DTA)—will reportedly attempt to go 120 miles into space with a guinea pig named Galaxionaut on board.
PETA is urging DTA to join the human space race by prohibiting the use of animals in experiments and transferring Galaxionaut to an approved animal sanctuary where he can live in peace, instead of enduring a terrifying space flight.
Our Fellow Animals Aren’t Disposable Objects to Be Used for Research
Guinea pigs are social animals who communicate with each other by licking, squeaking, and chirping. They’re also prey animals, so they burrow and hide when they feel threatened. Trapping Galaxionaut alone in a shuttle and launching him into space will undoubtedly be an extremely anxiety-inducing—if not deadly—experience for the guinea pig.
The company has already lost one animal—a rat named Kavira—in a previous launch of Troposphere 5, which smashed into a rock. Kavira was never found and was presumed dead. This never should have happened in the first place, and it shouldn’t happen again.
Get With the (Ethical) Program!
Using animals for research is cruel and useless, and it wastes valuable resources. You can help push science toward humane, human-relevant research methods by supporting PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.