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MURDER BY DECREE: All 27 monkeys held at NASA research center killed on single day, investigation reveals

John Gluck: The monkeys were not considered worthy of a chance at a sanctuary life. Not even a try. Disposal instead of the expression of simple decency. Shame on those responsible.

OLIVER MILMAN: Every monkey held by Nasa was put to death on a single day last year (2019), documents obtained by the Guardian show, in a move that has enraged animal welfare campaigners. A total of 27 primates were euthanized by administrated drugs on 2 February last year at Nasa’s Ames research center in California’s Silicon Valley, it has emerged. The monkeys were ageing and 21 of them had Parkinson’s, according to documents released under freedom of information laws…

The primates “were suffering the ethological deprivations and frustrations inherent in laboratory life”, said John Gluck, an expert in animal ethics at the University of New Mexico. Gluck added the monkeys were “apparently not considered worthy of a chance at a sanctuary life. Not even a try? Disposal instead of the expression of simple decency. Shame on those responsible.”

Kathleen Rice, a US House representative, has written to Jim Bridenstine, Nasa’s administrator, to demand an explanation for the deaths. Rice, a New York Democrat, said she has been pushing for US government researchers to consider “humane retirement policies” for animals used in research. “I look forward to an explanation from administrator Bridenstine on why these animals were forced to waste away in captivity and be euthanized rather than live out their lives in a sanctuary,” Rice told the Guardian…

The monkeys euthanized last year weren’t used in any daring space missions or even for research – instead they were housed at the Ames facility in a joint care arrangement between Nasa and LifeSource BioMedical, a separate drug research entity which leases space at the center and housed the primates…

Labs continue to use monkeys in large numbers – a record 74,000 were used in experiments in 2017 – with scientists claiming they are far better than other animals, such as mice, for studying diseases that also afflict humans… Critics of the practice argue it is immoral and cruel to subject highly intelligent, social creatures so similar to humans to such conditions…

The decision to kill off the animals rather than move them to a sanctuary has been condemned by animal rights advocates and other observers… “What tragic afterthoughts these lives were,” said Mike Ryan, spokesman for Rise for Animals, the group that obtained the freedom of information documents on the Ames primate deaths. “Nasa has many strengths, but when it comes to animal welfare practices, they’re obsolete.”  SOURCE…

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