Terrified Monkey Returns From Wasteful Trip to Space – PETA Comments
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Terrified Monkey Returns From Wasteful Trip to Space – PETA Comments

With the news of a monkey allegedly launched into space, Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. PETA urged Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, to ground the misguided mission back in 2011, pointing out that primates are no longer sent into space by the American or European space agencies.

We are appalled by photos of a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was allegedly launched into space by the Iranian Space Agency. Monkeys are highly intelligent and sensitive animals who not only are traumatised by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and – if they survive – after a flight.

The European Space Agency (ESA) – which represents Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK – has a very active space exploration programme and has publicly stated that it “declines any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such results”. The ESA instead employs modern technology such as the state-of-the-art simulators to assess health risks for astronauts.

NASA ended the use of primates in space radiation experiments in the early 1990s, when it determined that the results were not relevant to human astronauts. In 2010, NASA’s plans to restart the programme were cancelled after PETA and others voiced strong ethical and scientific objections to the ill-advised plan.

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  1. avatar Teresa says:

    So very sad. It’s always hard to see our species can be so cruel :(

  2. avatar Cally smith says:

    This is a heartbreaking and despicable thing to do to a poor animal. Is this how we treat our closest relatives? Disgusting.

  3. I expect nothing different from a backward country like Iran.

  4. avatar Malcolm Sinclair says:

    How horrible.

  5. avatar lesley frankau says:

    Never fail to be amazed at the cruelty of mankind to animals, particularly primates.

  6. I am sure Karma will take good care of this kind of humans

  7. avatar Dianne says:

    For a country that has no regard for life, can we expect any more? We must let them know how the world disapproves of this torture.

  8. avatar AJ says:

    Good god that looks like something out of a horror film. I can only imagine the terror this poor monkey felt during its ordeal! What is wrong with these people for them to think this sort of thing is okay?

  9. avatar Lynn says:

    Bad enough sending a monkey into space but restraining it like that is just hideous. Seeing this photo breaks my heart.

  10. avatar mark gillono says:

    “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”-William Ralph Inge

  11. avatar Jewel Vercoe Rainbow says:

    Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, and others involved in this horrific abuse of this terrified, helpless monkey must be internationally condemned and charged with animal abuse (via The Hague?).
    This poor monkey couldn’t eat nor move around during the space flight and probably starved. Imagine how depressed and frightened it must have been, trying to understand what was happening and why, and where the hell was the habitat he was taken from.
    The Iranian Space Agency is The Iranian Disgrace Agency. We need tough international laws to stop this and other instances of extreme animal abuse wherever they occur.

  12. avatar Jewel Vercoe Rainbow says:

    This is so distressing that I have to comment again. This monkey must have been driven almost insane by being restrained in a manner used by the worst mental institutions. We are now in 2013 – this is an unenlightened way to treat any animal and those involved must be made to face international censure and penalties for their unethical decision to proceed with sending a monkey into space when Peta and other organisations requested them not to do so as far back as 2011. Asking is clearly not enough; international authorities must outlaw this practice from now on.

  13. avatar Jewel Vercoe Rainbow says:

    The tweet that linked to this story said the monkey “returns” from space yet there appears to be no reference to any return in this story. I am one of many people who feared for this monkey’s safety. Did it return safely or is that a fantasy? Either way, I am disgusted with the Iran Space Agency and they should face international censure and controls on their future missions.

  14. avatar nicole seymour smith says:

    I want to cry, but I can’t, I am too horrified at this image, instead I am praying to god that this little monkey in his inability to be able to understand what was happening, did not suffer too much unimaginable fear and that one day this kind of evil cruelty is no more. The people that are responsible for this are not human.

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  16. avatar Veronique says:

    Quelle honte, quelle bassesse ; Je souhaiterai que l’ homme qui a envoyé ce singe dans l’ espace soit à la place du singe

  17. avatar Mona Khoury says:

    Shameful country, no rights for humans nor for animals. You are a low specie

  18. avatar eline Ploeger says:

    no words for this…how cruel!!!

  19. avatar Ilona says:

    I am in tears for this monkey

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