Friday, January 15, 2016

Tell Russia Not to Send Monkeys Into Space! | Urgent Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

Super Urgent Action Alert!
Please x-post this petition far and wide... for Russia to even consider doing such an awful thing is beyond horrifying.
This is an ethical OUTRAGE that is so grossly cruel and barbaric... it's an abomination.
Animals aren't astronauts. Yet Russia is taking a giant step backward for science and ethics with a misguided mission to dispatch four monkeys to Mars.
There's no reason to repeat the dark days of early space exploration, in which dogs, primates, and other animals died in horrific ways, including in crude experiments or all alone in a tiny spacecraft.

Primates are sensitive and intelligent animals, and they're likely to experience extreme distress during the years of tests and training leading up to a mission. And if they're eventually unwillingly sent hurtling through space on what may to be a suicide mission, they'll be terrified and unable to understand what is happening to them.

NASA, the European Space Agency and the Chinese National Space Administration all choose to advance space exploration without using primates. Russia needs to do the same.

Please sign our petition to be delivered to the Russian Embassy, urging the Russian Federal Space Agency to stop this ill-advised mission and send the monkeys to a sanctuary instead.

Don't Send Monkeys to Mars
Please abandon plans to send four rhesus macaque monkeys to Mars in 2017, and let them live out the rest of their lives at a sanctuary instead. Animals aren't astronauts and, unlike human volunteers, cannot give their consent to risking their lives on a mission into the unknown. These intelligent, sensitive primates would suffer immensely during the years of stressful tests and training--as well as if they're launched on a terrifying and, to them, incomprehensible voyage from which they're unlikely to return.Other pioneering space agencies use high-tech 21st-century technology, rather than conducting archaic experiments on primates. We urge you to do the same.

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