PHOTOS: ‘Dying Monkey’ Begs Russia Not to Send Primates to Mars

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A striking protest outside the Russian Embassy in London today urged Russia’s space agency to abandon its unethical “monkeys on Mars” mission.

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Russia’s plans involve sending four macaques to the red planet in 2017. These animals will already have endured years of gruelling experiments in laboratories when they’re dispatched on a terrifying voyage into the unknown, from which they’re unlikely ever to return.

As the protesters – among them adult-film star Samantha Bentley, who was bodypainted as a monkey and lay in a pool of “blood” – pointed out, this misguided project represents a return to the darkest days of the Space Race: a time when primates died horrifically from suffocation, overheating and impact.

To be a true pioneer in modern-day space exploration, Russia should instead use cutting-edge non-animal technology, as NASA, the European Space Agency and others do.

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Sign the petition urging the Russian space agency to cancel its planned experiment and instead send the four monkeys to a sanctuary, where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace.


  • Pamela Todd commented on January 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Please do not send Monkies to space.

  • Iona Everett commented on January 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Please do not send other species on space missions. It’s totally unethical.

  • dds commented on January 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Monkey should be sent to Mars and these girl should spend their time better

    • Maureen Rice commented on January 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Perhaps you should volunteer yourself for the journey to Mars instead of the monkey who didn’t volunteer and these girls could well spend their time better—and you wouldn’t have to waste your time posting on line.

      • kurkosdr commented on January 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

        Or we could top pretending that a monkey’s life has the same value as a human’s.

      • Cave Johnson commented on January 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        Yea we should sent a monkey to mar

        Because that monkey would be a hero and a role model to all future monkey

        And the Scientific community would make sure it sacrifice wasn’t in vain

  • Patricia Pembroke commented on January 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    No animals should go in space please do not send Primates to Mars VERY CRUEL

  • Sylvia Tempest - Jones commented on January 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Poor creatures. No need to be so cruel to them.

  • Truth commented on January 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  • chrissy wallington commented on January 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    please don’t send these poor animals into space it is so cruel !!!!!!

  • Alison Tomlin commented on January 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Humans want to go to mars then send them not animals

  • Karen commented on January 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Come on Russia get with the program and drop this insane idea of sending animals into space. With the technology that we have available today it is an act that is unethical, cruel, unnecessary and quite frankly ‘out of date’. Especially for a country as advanced as yourselves. Just because these beautiful creatures don’t speak doesn’t mean that they don’t feel pain, have feelings or sense fear…they DO!! So come on Russia have a heart.

    • Cave Johnson commented on January 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      No the mars transit is still a massive problem for any maned missoin to mars. we will need to see the affect of the high level radiation on a human like living organism. Because we cant keep sending Water bear into space

  • Angela Geisler commented on January 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    No monkeys sent into space! Unimaginably CRUEL!

  • The Zee commented on January 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    NASA, with it’s “cutting edge” technology is sitting on the ground with no available manned spacecraft, or using Russia’s spaceships to get their Astronauts to the space.

    BTW, unimaginable cruel is to allow to have hundreds of thousands animals killed for food. Solve this, then bother with 2 monkeys in space.

  • w.wrenn commented on January 14, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    animals do not want to go into space, if humans do then that is totally their choice so send them .

  • Sara commented on January 19, 2016 at 4:34 am

    If humans want to go and die, go!!! Don’t send the defenseless monkeys. They don’t want to go!!! That makes me so mad to exploit them. Ugh

    • Cave Johnson commented on January 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Send humans on Experimental mission is cruel

  • Jan Bowden commented on January 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Russians still living in the dark ages! How brave of the actress Samantha Bentley to lie down on a cold pavement with nothing on but paint….. would have been ideal to have her in fake fur… but bravo to all campaining against this ridiculous and cruel idea…. humans should do their own dirty business and trials!

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