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Bob Barker Pings Bolden Over Monkey Experiments

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
October 20, 2010
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“Dear Gen. Bolden: My friends at PETA tell me that NASA plans to fund a cruel radiation experiment on squirrel monkeys at Harvard’s McLean Hospital and New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. These scientifically invalid experiments squander $1.75 million of taxpayers’ money and cost animals their health and freedom, so the price isn’t right on any count. The sensitive, intelligent squirrel monkeys who would be blasted with radiation in this experiment would no doubt suffer from brain damage, cancerous tumors, blindness, and a loss of motor control. Following the exposure, these social animals would spend the rest of their lives isolated in barren laboratory cages and subjected to years of behavioral experiments.”

I am not alone in this opinion: Former astronauts, the European Space Agency, scientists, physicians and compassionate people around the world agree that these cruel experiments would not help protect astronauts traveling to deep space and violate our evolving relationship with other species.
I urge you to cancel this ill-advised plan.
Sincerely, Bob Barker”

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.