(ANIMAL WELFARE) On Monday, Iran announced that the nation had successfully launched a rocket carrying a live monkey into space as a prelude to the Islamic republic’s goal of a manned mission. State media claims the monkey was launched 70 miles in an “indigenous bio-capsule,” the Kavoshgar rocket dubbed “Pishgam” (Farsi for “Pioneer”), but gave no other details except that the monkey returned safely. In a statement, animal rights group PETA said, “Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. Monkeys are highly intelligent and sensitive animals who not only are traumatised by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and – if they survive – after a flight.” Now, for the second time, PETA is reaching out to the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), urging them to stop this cruel practice. Fortunately, the European Space Agency (ESA), which is very active in space exploration, has declined any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such results. Read the New York Times article below for more on this inhumane event. — Global Animal
A still image from a video released on Monday by Press TV, Iran's state-run satellite broadcaster, shows the monkey it said Iran launched into space. Photo Credit: Press TV, via Reuters TV
A still image from a video released on Monday by Press TV, Iran’s state-run satellite broadcaster, shows the monkey it said Iran launched into space. Photo Credit: Press TV, via Reuters TV

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/world/middleeast/iran-says-it-sent-monkey-into-space.html?_r=2&

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