At the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, 27 primates used in scientific experiments were killed instead of sending them to a sanctuary.
In a news release from Rise For Animals, posted on Tuesday titled,
“EXPOSED: We’ve uncovered that NASA conducted a mass killing of all its monkeys one day last year.”
The monkeys were all killed on February 2, 2019—uncovered by the organization through a Freedom of Information Act request; the first time information like this has been revealed to the public. The group described what the lives of these primates had been like for years:
“Imagine being in a cage, one that you can barely move around in. There’s nothing interesting to do, you don’t have a comfortable bed, you get the same, bland food every day. Imagine you’re there year after year, staring out at the same surroundings. Being trapped. Only having artificial light. Think about how scary it would be to live this unnatural life, no ability to make choices for yourself, no way to fulfill your need for authentic socialization. How scary experimenters are. Imagine growing old in this life—being stiff, sore, and tired from old age. An entire life in a metal box in a windowless basement. Now imagine what it would be like to one day be taken out of your cage, placed on a metal table, forced into unconsciousness, and then never waking up,” the organization wrote.
Of the 27 primates, 21 had been used as a model for Parkinson’s Disease and were killed simply because they were old. The other monkeys had not been used “on study” and were left to grow old in cages rather than sending them to a sanctuary.
According to the Guardian, Kathleen Rice, (D-NY) a US House representative has contacted NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine, demanding an explanation why these animals were killed. Rice had been advocating in the past for researchers to consider “humane retirement policies” rather than NASA animals being forced to live in cages and have their lives thrown away as if they were trash.
Animal rights advocates have also been outraged after the Rise for Animals group obtained the documents showing the monkeys had been treated like “tragic afterthoughts.”
The organization has since contacted NASA’s Inspector General requesting that they investigate the waste and suspected misconduct that took place at the Ames Research Center.
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