Animals victory: NASA cancels plans to dose monkeys with radiation
a victory for the animals that would have been used in a $1.75 million project
to inject 2-pound squirrel monkeys with doses of high-energy radiation has
been stopped after activists, including PETA, showed the country the horrors
of such experimentation. PETA and other animal rights groups have called
much of NASA’s policies of using animals in experiments “cruel
and unnecessary.” Many authoritative texts on animal testing and animal
rights have pointed out that much of the data garnered in the testing process
is disregarded by experts because humans are too different than animals.
operates the Brookhaven Lab’s Space Radiation Laboratory where the
experiments would have occurred. NASA has been in the media often in recent
months after more and more reports of animal testing come from the US Space
Program. Controversy over this specific experiment has been large, with
protests and campaigns calling for the cancellation of the monkey experiments.
Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone had joined the campaign to force NASA
to shut down the project.
Dusk 'til Dawn
An Insider's View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement