Terrified Monkey Returns From Wasteful Trip to Space – PETA Comments

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With the news of a monkey allegedly launched into space, Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. PETA urged Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, to ground the misguided mission back in 2011, pointing out that primates are no longer sent into space by the American or European space agencies.

We are appalled by photos of a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was allegedly launched into space by the Iranian Space Agency. Monkeys are highly intelligent and sensitive animals who not only are traumatised by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and – if they survive – after a flight.

The European Space Agency (ESA) – which represents Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK – has a very active space exploration programme and has publicly stated that it “declines any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such results”. The ESA instead employs modern technology such as the state-of-the-art simulators to assess health risks for astronauts.

NASA ended the use of primates in space radiation experiments in the early 1990s, when it determined that the results were not relevant to human astronauts. In 2010, NASA’s plans to restart the programme were cancelled after PETA and others voiced strong ethical and scientific objections to the ill-advised plan.


  • James commented on January 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I have just commented on that tweet, it is discussing how society treats the defenceless.

  • anne watkins commented on January 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    these poor animals r not ours to experiment with they don’t belong in space shame on u

  • Antonella Concato commented on January 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Antonella Concato commented on January 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    WRONG. Absolutely WRONG.

  • Ann Jones commented on January 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t know why I’m posting because Iran doesn’t care what we in the West think. But if Iran thinks we are impressed that they sent a terrified monkey into space then they can think again. Thank God we stopped sending animals years ago.

  • Fran commented on January 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Dear Peta,

    Please put pressure on the Iranian government to desist from this horrific practice.
    We all have free wills, so maybe an an exemplary citizen should kindly volunteer.

    Thank you for all the outstanding work you do on our behalf, for the welfare of animals.

  • Felicity Hother commented on January 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I think this utterly pointless experiment was appalling and disgusting. Any sentient human being would understand that the creature would have been traumatised, unable to defend itself, its face completely exposed and vulnerable to some object thrust towards it – the camera – and then not understanding any of the noise and vibrations going on all around it. It makes me feel sick.
    Thank you PETA for at least making your views about it known.

  • Jeanne commented on January 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My blood boils when i look at this poor creature i hate these people for doing this

    • Sam Brown commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      My sentiments exactly

  • Sharon commented on February 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

    It clearly visible that the poor animal in the picture is highly distressed and I doubt very much it would have survived the journey without having a heart attack. I cannot see what point Iran were trying to prove by sending this monkey up to space other than outraging the societies that actually care about the welfare of animals. Surely we have moved on from using animals in these experiments.

  • John Bonser commented on February 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Iran is desperate to show that they’re a country of the 21st Century.
    Instead, they prove that they’re at least 50 years behind the ‘civilised’? World by using archaic ‘technology’ in their space programme. It’s only to be expected from a culture with a mediaeval mind-set.

  • Robert George commented on February 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Another example of the brutality of the Iranian regime. Meanwhile the West has factory farming, mega dairies, battery hens, sadistic slaughterhouses, and shooting animals for ‘sport’ , so can hardly claim the moral high ground.

  • hollie marston commented on February 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Absolutley appalling, how do these people sleep at night knowing what they’ve done. It makes me feel ashamed to be a human being. When will these backward countries learn to respect nature…..Lets be realistic though their human rights are appalling so animals don’t stand a chance!
    Thank goodness for orgs like peta that are ever battling to change that.

  • Michelle Storace commented on February 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm


  • jenna commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    where is the monkey now?

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Iran’s use of monkeys in space is outdated and sends a clear picture of this country’s need to sensationalize themselves! This is animal cruelty, and the USA and most other countries are not impressed! What a shameful act of mistreatment of animals!

  • Lisa D'Ambrosio commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Poor monkey.

  • Grace Roberts commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Can anyone look into that poor terrified creatures eyes and tell me this is right. Shame on them and people like them who do this to poor defenceless animals. How DARE anyone treat Gods creatures in this way.
    But really, what can you expect from a country that hangs gay people from cranes and boasts about it……

  • Helena Rice commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Cruel beyond belief

  • Helena Rice commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm


  • Hannah Harris commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I despair of the human race, I have no understanding why people think that because animals don’t look the same as us or speak the same language it gives them the right to dominate them and use them however they please, I hope that at some point in the future we look back in disgust.

  • Joanna Dunne commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The above photo of the monkey sent in to space is really upsetting and shocking. The monkey looks terrified. The people who have done this to the defenceless monkey and to other animals are just sadistic.

  • Loraine Herman commented on February 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with all the above comments. Thank you. It depresses me so much that this and so much other depravities are continuing on a daily basis, whether it is poor little Primates put into contraptions and sent off into Space. Or the evil Fur trade where cats and so called Man’s Best Friends are SKINNED ALIVE IN CHINA
    or in JAPANESE Restaurants the fish is still writhing on your plate, or the ANNUAL SEAL CUB CULL that takes place in CANADA. Or Bear Baiting in SOUTH CAROLINA USA. There seems to be NO END TO THE INFLICTING ATROSOTIES to Animals. Countries like China, Vietnam, North/South Korea and the rest of Asia STILL LOVE TO EAT CATS AND DOGS and everything else that has a PULSE. BRUTALITY ALL THE WAY. Japanese, Faroe Islanders killing Dolphins, Whales, the list goes on. Animals all around the World getting tested on in Frankenstein LABORATORY’S. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON

    • Elizabeth Evans commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      You telling me. I’m sickened to open up my computer to see what other atrocities will raise their ugly head. Hope to God that all this partitioning will some day make a difference
      Why the hell do they want to send a poor monkey in to space? What f….. Difference would a tied up monkey make? The sick sick bastards

    • SHIREEN commented on February 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm



  • Loraine Herman commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I need to get away from this cos it just DEPRESSES me SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

    To all the poor and defenseless animals out there that have been or are being sent to loboratories, tortured, killed, poisoned, skinned alive, neglected, starved, beaten, abused, ill treated, hunted, sent to the abattoir ect ect DON’T EVER FORGET THAT THERE ARE SOME HUMAN BEINGS BY YOUR SIDE THINKING OF WHATEVER YOU HAVE SUFFERED AND WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ALL FOREVER

  • Barbara Shepard commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    It barbaric and cruel. Astronaughts want to go into space for these creatures it must be a terrifying experience.

  • Rommy commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    So so cruel!!!

  • LINDABADHAM commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm


  • Gus Vowles commented on February 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    It is clear that mankind has learnt so little. The Iranian people must be very proud

  • Dawn S commented on February 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Utterly appalling. I hope those turds who are responsible burn in the flames of hell for all eternity. I too agree with all the above comments. Where do humans get off thinking they have the right to treat animals in this way? If I had my wish they would all wish they had never been born. Complete low lifes.

  • RACOVITA TITA commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:12 am

    cine vrea sa faca experiente sa le faca pe el si pe familia lui..suficienta suferinta si varsare de sange pentru nimic .ginditiva ca nu aveti nici un drept sa luati viata acestor fiinte nici sa le chinuiti ,tot ceea ce faceti este pentru ca le furati din mediul lor si nu le platiti..incetati aceste experinte,incetati sa ucideti

  • Animal fan commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Simple solution is to exterminate all trashbag human scumbags in Iran the sesspit of the world.Filthy muso trash bags

  • Laurie commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:51 am

    These innocent, intelligent animals, have no voice or defenses to stop this madness inflicted upon them!!!! This is such cruelty, something needs to be done to stop it!~

  • Cheryl G commented on February 9, 2013 at 3:35 am

    These people are one the most mentally disturbed bunch of freaks ever. Like what is a monkey going to tell you? Is there anything civilized about this country? I’m not even going to say how I truly feel about these people but i guarantee it is far from being nice.

  • Kate commented on February 9, 2013 at 6:22 am

    What a disgusting, wrong, cruel, barbaric and utterly unacceptable practice. I look forward to the time when humans realise that it is not OK to use, abuse and exploit fellow creatures in any manner.

  • F.P commented on February 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This made me cry, i’m 13 years old, how can someone do this?

  • Mags Alexander commented on February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I cannot comment – you wouldn’t print it!

  • Mags Alexander commented on February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I cannot comment – it is unprintable

  • Heleen de Boer-van Dijke commented on February 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    It made me cry too, and i’m 50 years old! What a sad, sad world we live in.

  • Luke Klein commented on February 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Who the hell does mankind think he is exploiting sentient beings in this way? We are not the most intelligent species we are the most stupid and ignorant.

  • Roy Baker commented on February 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    It is sad, very sad, but we don’t have to go all the way to Iran to find animal cruelty. Britain should put it’s own house in order before it lectures other countries.

    • Elizabeth Evans commented on February 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      You are right we do need to put our house in order; but that doesn’t make any cruelty where ever it might be acceptable. I hate cruelty any where!!!

  • Fay Lavender commented on February 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    They should send prisonsers on death row up there to gain the info they need. They are going to die anyway and it means that they are going to get human diagnosis which is what they are looking for.
    Use your brains you heartless spacemen.

  • Sam Brown commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Idiotic, barbaric and with zero scientific integrity, an extremely poor reflection on Iran. I hope they are ashamed of such a truly disgusting act.

  • Liisa Markkanen commented on February 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Shocking Why?????

  • Ligita Mikelsons commented on February 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    The people who sent him up there should be launched into the stratosphere, never to return to earth.

  • Jan Whiteley commented on February 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This photo has made me feel sick. How can anyone do this. What are they trying to prove??????? Iran must not do this again.

  • CELIA BOCANEGRA commented on February 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm


  • georgie commented on February 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    this photo breaks my heart. thats very disgusting. poor animals . humans are very greedy. they wanted to make money. they are very very cruel. poor thing.
    god made all the beautiful creatures for good reasons.

    i hope who did this to those poor beautiful animals will get karma. karma will take care of them.


  • blythspirit commented on February 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    It’s a disgusting photo the epitome of research on Monkeys. Considering how the Iranian Gov treat members of their public especially their women it’s no surprise they would abuse an animal, which goes to confirm that what you do to animals you do to fellow humans. I have friends who are Iranian and have suffered terribly in Iran for speaking out. Humans are animals too of course…

  • Pippa Willow commented on February 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The misguided people who did this need to take a long hard look at themselves and hang their heads in shame. This wantin act of indifference and cruelty imposed on the monkley will without dought come back to haunt them in their darkest hour.

  • nounouche commented on February 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Quand on voit comment ils traitent les femmes, ils ne se posent pas bcp de questions concernant les animaux. Quand cessera toutes cette cruauté vis à vis des animaux, que cessent les tests en tous genres, que cessent les rituels d’abattage sans étourdissements, les animaux n’ont pas été mis sur Terre pour satisfaire les caprices et les intérêts de l’Homme…… Merci Peta pour toutes vos actions, je souhaite que le Monde change son regard sur tout le règne animal

  • chander kumar soni commented on February 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    be human.
    stop terroring animals.

  • Teresa commented on February 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    So very sad. It’s always hard to see our species can be so cruel 🙁

  • Cally smith commented on February 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This is a heartbreaking and despicable thing to do to a poor animal. Is this how we treat our closest relatives? Disgusting.

  • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 10, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I expect nothing different from a backward country like Iran.

  • Malcolm Sinclair commented on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    How horrible.

  • lesley frankau commented on February 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Never fail to be amazed at the cruelty of mankind to animals, particularly primates.

  • joana monteiro commented on February 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I am sure Karma will take good care of this kind of humans

  • Dianne commented on February 11, 2013 at 12:27 am

    For a country that has no regard for life, can we expect any more? We must let them know how the world disapproves of this torture.

  • AJ commented on February 11, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Good god that looks like something out of a horror film. I can only imagine the terror this poor monkey felt during its ordeal! What is wrong with these people for them to think this sort of thing is okay?

  • Lynn commented on February 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Bad enough sending a monkey into space but restraining it like that is just hideous. Seeing this photo breaks my heart.

  • mark gillono commented on February 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”-William Ralph Inge

  • Jewel Vercoe Rainbow commented on February 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, and others involved in this horrific abuse of this terrified, helpless monkey must be internationally condemned and charged with animal abuse (via The Hague?).
    This poor monkey couldn’t eat nor move around during the space flight and probably starved. Imagine how depressed and frightened it must have been, trying to understand what was happening and why, and where the hell was the habitat he was taken from.
    The Iranian Space Agency is The Iranian Disgrace Agency. We need tough international laws to stop this and other instances of extreme animal abuse wherever they occur.

  • Jewel Vercoe Rainbow commented on February 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is so distressing that I have to comment again. This monkey must have been driven almost insane by being restrained in a manner used by the worst mental institutions. We are now in 2013 – this is an unenlightened way to treat any animal and those involved must be made to face international censure and penalties for their unethical decision to proceed with sending a monkey into space when Peta and other organisations requested them not to do so as far back as 2011. Asking is clearly not enough; international authorities must outlaw this practice from now on.

  • Jewel Vercoe Rainbow commented on February 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

    The tweet that linked to this story said the monkey “returns” from space yet there appears to be no reference to any return in this story. I am one of many people who feared for this monkey’s safety. Did it return safely or is that a fantasy? Either way, I am disgusted with the Iran Space Agency and they should face international censure and controls on their future missions.

  • nicole seymour smith commented on February 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I want to cry, but I can’t, I am too horrified at this image, instead I am praying to god that this little monkey in his inability to be able to understand what was happening, did not suffer too much unimaginable fear and that one day this kind of evil cruelty is no more. The people that are responsible for this are not human.

  • BROWN-JONES commented on February 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm


  • Veronique commented on February 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Quelle honte, quelle bassesse ; Je souhaiterai que l’ homme qui a envoyé ce singe dans l’ espace soit à la place du singe

  • Mona Khoury commented on February 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Shameful country, no rights for humans nor for animals. You are a low specie

  • eline Ploeger commented on February 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    no words for this…how cruel!!!

  • Ilona commented on December 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I am in tears for this monkey

  • Hasha Wirtly commented on December 8, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Lol, it’s not funny……….but it is. It’s a monkey people. I bet if there was a baby strapped in there, you guys wouldn’t give a crap.

    • nicole seymour smith commented on January 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      are you human?

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