Stop the Use of Monkeys in NASA Space Radiation Studies

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Originally Posted: 6 November 2009

Stop the Use of Monkeys in NASA Space Radiation Studies

From Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Stop funding space radiation studies that involve the use of live monkeys.


Sign an online petition

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator
Public Communications Office
NASA Headquarters
Suite 5K39
Washington, DC 20546-0001
phone (202) 358-0001
fax (202) 358-4338


Also read NASA to Start Irradiating Monkey and NASA's Monkey Experiments: One Giant Leap Backward.

Genetic, physiological, and anatomical differences between humans and monkeys dramatically limit the conclusions that can be drawn from the planned studies. Ongoing, ethically-conducted studies already use nonanimal methods to determine the effects of radiation on humans.

Radiation experiments involving nonhuman primates commonly involve restraint and other cruel procedures. Monkeys, like other primates, are highly intelligent, have strong family bonds, demonstrate empathy, and, most importantly, suffer.

I urge you to halt these inhumane and pointless experiments.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!