Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tell NASA Not to Conduct Monkey Experiments

While Americans struggle to pay their bills, NASA has selfishly committed $1.75 million in taxpayer money to wasteful and cruel funding of experiments involving irradiating live squirrel monkeys. NASA’s proposed experiments would inundate tiny monkeys – only a foot tall – with bursts of gamma radiation equal to a 3-year journey to Mars and back. (The agency insists that these experiments are necessary should they ever plan a mission to Mars.)

Studies have already shown that gamma radiation can cause depressive behavior, immobility, hyper-irritability, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss, open sores, skin hemorrhages, and death.

Besides the physical ramifications, these barbaric experiments will subject these highly intelligent and social beings to nightmarish psychological conditions, daily restraint in primate chairs, and lonely despair in steel cages for a minimum of four years.

Please contact NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., and ask him to put a stop to these inhumane and needless experiments. Call him at (202) 358-0000 or e-mail him at public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov and let him know that:
  • You oppose space radiation studies involving animals because they are cruel and pointless,
  • Monkeys are sentient beings who experience pain and suffering just as we do, and
  • There are viable non-animal research methods that can and should be used.
SOURCE: New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)
Photo courtesy of PETA

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