For many people, NASA represents cutting-edge science and grandiose
achievements like sending a human to the moon. Unfortunately, future
NASA plans are not so inspiring.
NASA has announced that it plans to expose approximately two dozen squirrel monkeys to dangerous space radiation
in a cruel and frivolous experiment that purportedly aims to study the
health effects of radiation in deep space. Space-radiation exposure in
monkeys can cause them to suffer from fatal types of cancer, including
brain tumors, and other illnesses.
Because of drastic biological
differences between species, radiation experiments on monkeys won't
tell scientists anything about how astronauts will react to deep space.
Luckily, modern in vitro and clinical research methods are available and can be used to study the affects of space radiation on the human body.
the past, NASA has halted plans to use monkeys in space experiments
when the public spoke out against this cruelty, and animals need your
support once again. Please contact NASA Administrator Charles
F. Bolden Jr. and politely ask him to permanently halt plans to conduct
radiation experiments using monkeys and to instead direct their funds
to modern and humane methods of scientific inquiry.