‘BUAV condemns second attempt by Iran to send monkey into space’ – email Iranian consulate NOW

Posted on January 22, 2013

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Today (22nd January), the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) posted a news item on their web-site titled ‘BUAV condemns second attempt by Iran to send monkey into space’.

‘… Iran is reportedly attempting to reinvigorate its fledgling space programme by sending a live monkey into space within the next month. It will be the second time that they will have attempted this, having previously failed to do so in 2011 without providing any explanation on what went wrong.

Senior figures within the Government have said that the preliminary tests have all been completed and the monkeys (presumably macaques) are currently being kept in quarantine to await their fate.

Sadly, there is a long history of animals being cruelly forced to go into space. The first macaque put into orbit was called Albert, sent up in 1949. Since then many animals have been forced to follow, including various species of primates, dogs, mice, fish and frogs, several of whom have never returned. Despite all of this suffering, there have been no discernible benefits to humans. Iran has itself already sent rats, turtles and worms into space and claims that the launch of the monkey is the next stage of a programme which will see an Iranian on the moon by 2025.

Sending animals into space is cruel and totally unacceptable. We urge you to write to the Iranian Embassy in London to call on them to end this cruelty: info@iran-embassy.org.uk and consulate@iran-embassy.org.uk …’

Read the item at www.buav.org/article/1180/buav-condemns-second-attempt-by-iran-to-send-monkey-into-space

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