A couple of days back, the news broke that Iran had finally succeeded in sending a monkey into space. The time has now come for PETA to respond to this announcement, and their commentaries more than own up to the organization's reputation.
Thus, PETA did not shy away from stating that Iran's space program was nothing if not outdated, and that its using and abusing animals in this manner brought back the dark days of the 1960s space race era.
Needless to say, PETA's outburst was a direct result of Iran's releasing a photograph of their alleged space monkey, which looks terribly frightened to say the least.
Truth be told, odds are this picture will make several ordinary folks agree with PETA. Thus, there is little denying that the monkey was far from having the time of its life.
“Like many of you, we were appalled by photos that have surfaced showing a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was reportedly launched into space by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA),” reads PETA's official statement on the matter at hand.
Launch or no launch, the fact remains that this unfortunate monkey was abused by the scientists working for the Iranian Space Agency, the organization maintains.
“It appears that Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race,” they wrote on their website.
Furthermore, “Monkeys are smart and sensitive animals who not only are traumatized by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and after a flight—if they survive.”
Apparently, PETA has decided to send a personalized message to the Iranian Space Agency, asking that they no longer use and abuse animals in this manner.
It is their belief that soon enough said organization will send them its reply.