As many of you already know Sir Paul McCartney has been a huge supporter of PETA and the work it conducts for animals. Whether it is taping PSAs, educating the public, or taking public stands on important animal rights issues, Sir Paul has been there for animals. That is why we were not surprised to hear about his latest attempt to help the animals who are cruelly and unnecessarily being experimented on by NASA.
After learning that NASA plans to fund an experiment in which squirrel monkeys will be exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, Sir Paul, an enthusiastic supporter of space exploration who performed for the crew of STS-114 and worked with NASA to beam Beatles music into space, fired off a letter on PETA’s behalf to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden urging him to cancel the experiment.
Sir Paul McCartney’s letter to Charles Bolden follows:
Dear Mr. Bolden,
I recently learned from my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fund an experiment in which squirrel monkeys will be exposed to dangerous doses of radiation and then caged for years to study the effects on them, which are likely to be cancer, brain tumours, and early death.
As a supporter of NASA’s mission and continued space exploration, I have had the pleasure to work with NASA on multiple occasions. In 2005, I performed for the crew of STS-114 as they flew over 200 miles above the Earth. More recently I worked with NASA to beam Beatles music into space.
I believe NASA has the ingenuity to investigate the health effects of space travel without confining and experimenting on animals as was done in the old days. It would be terribly disappointing if in our zeal to explore new frontiers and to learn about the fascinating universe where we live we began to regress in our treatment of the animals with whom we share this planet. May I appeal to you to cancel this experiment?
Sir Paul: For this and your amazing support throughout the years, we thank you.
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