The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

PETA Wants NASA To Stop Radiation Tests On Monkeys

Gosh didn't NASA learn ANYTHING from using Chimpanzees in research? Look where and how their lives ended up. 


PETA Calls On Space Agency to Ground Cruel and Wasteful Tests and Use 21st Century Research Methods Instead
For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2010
Holly Beal 757-622-7382
Huntsville, Ala. -- Wearing monkey masks while locked inside small cages and holding signs that read, "No Tax $ for Animal Abuse" and "Stop Radiation Tests on Monkeys," four PETA members will lead a protest outside Marshall Space Flight Center over the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plan to subject as many as 28 squirrel monkeys to a massive dose of gamma radiation. After exposing the monkeys to the radiation, NASA plans to subject the animals to years of additional laboratory experiments in order to observe how the radiation affects their brains and bodies. Monkeys used in earlier radiation experiments conducted by the government have suffered from fatal types of cancer, including brain tumors. They have also suffered from cataracts, cognitive decline, and other conditions.
When:   Thursday, January 21, 12 noon
Where:  Marshall Space Flight Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville
"NASA prides itself on looking to the future, but when it comes to crude and cruel animal experiments, the agency is stuck in the Dark Ages," says PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "Monkeys are highly social, sensitive, and intelligent animals. Harming them in experiments so that NASA can check off another item on its seemingly endless list of questions about outer space is unjustifiable, especially when modern, humane research methods exist."
Because of the biological differences between species, results of radiation experiments on monkeys cannot be reliably applied to humans. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr., PETA pointed out that NASA could study humans who have been to space and also could rely on modern research methods, including the use of human tissue cultures that would yield results relevant to humans--something that animal experiments cannot do.
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