Every monkey held by NASA was killed in a single day last year, Guardian documents show enraged animal rights campaigners

A total of 27 primates were born on 2 Euthanized by medication administered to NASA’s Ames research center in California’s Silicon Valley last February, the monkeys aged and 21 of them had Parkinson’s, according to documents released under Freedom of Information Acts

The decision to kill the animals instead of taking them to a sanctuary was condemned by animal rights activists and other observers

The primates “suffered the ethological privations and frustrations inherent in laboratory life,” said John Gluck, an expert on animal ethics at the University of New Mexico Gluck added that the monkeys “did not appear to be worthy of a chance at one Sanctuary life were viewed Not even a try? Disposal instead of expressing simple decency shame on those responsible ”

Kathleen Rice, a US House representative, has written to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine to request an explanation of the deaths

Rice, a New York Democrat, said she urged US government researchers to consider “humane retirement policies” for animals used in research. “I look forward to a statement from Administrator Bridenstine, why these animals were forced to waste in captivity and be euthanized rather than living their lives in a sanctuary, “Rice told the Guardian

NASA has a long history with primates Ham, a chimpanzee, received daily training before becoming the first great ape to be brought into space in 1961 He successfully completed his brief mission before splashing safely into the sea

But the monkeys that were euthanized last year were neither used for daring space missions nor for research purposes Instead, they were housed at the Ames facility under a joint care agreement between Nasa and LifeSource BioMedical, a separate drug discovery facility that rents space in the center and housed the primates

Stephanie Solis, executive director of LifeSource BioMedical, said the primates were given to the laboratory “years ago” after no refuge was found for them due to their age and poor health. “We have agreed to use the animals as Accepting refuge and caring for her at her own expense until her advanced age and declining health led to a decision to humanely euthanize to avoid a poor quality of life, “she said

Solis said the primates were not tested during their stay in Ames and that they were given a “good remaining quality of life”

In recent years, the US government has begun to end the use of primates in research The National Institutes of Health made a landmark decision in 2015 to retire all chimpanzees used in biomedical studies. Critics of the practice argue that it is immoral and cruel to expose highly intelligent, social beings who are so similar to humans to such conditions / p>
However, monkeys continue to be used in large numbers in other labs – a record of 74000 was used in experiments in 2017 – Scientists claim they are far better than other animals like mice at studying diseases that also affect humans

Even when monkeys are retired for research purposes, the task of housing them in suitable sanctuaries still proves to be accidental

“What tragic thoughts those lives have been,” said Mike Ryan, spokesman for Rise for Animals, the group that was given freedom of information about Ames primate deaths. “Nasa has many strengths, but when it comes to animal welfare practices, are they out of date ”

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World news – CA – Revealed: In 2019, NASA killed all 27 monkeys held at the research center in a single day

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/22/nasa-killed-all-monkeys-on-single-day