The US Space and Aviation Administration (NASA) at a research center killed 27 monkeys in a single day in 2019, according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.
This discovery sparked a wave of anger among advocates of animal welfare, especially since “NASA” decided to kill the monkeys “by euthanasia” instead of moving them to a nature reserve.
Professor of animal ethics at the University of New Mexico, Joe Gluck, said that these animals were suffering from the immorality inherent in laboratory life.
“It seems that the monkeys were not deemed worthy of the opportunity to live in a shelter, nor even to attempt that,” Glock added, noting that the killings are “a shame for those responsible.”
The matter reached the US Congress, where Representative Kathleen Rice called on NASA Director Jim Bridenstein to provide an explanation for the killings.
The mass killing of 27 monkeys from a species took place on February 2, 2019, at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, USA.
And 21 of these monkeys had Parkinson’s disease and all were old, according to documents obtained by the newspaper under the right to information.
“NASA” has a long history with primates. For example, chimpanzees “Ham” received daily training before participating in a space flight in 1961, and succeeded in carrying out missions.
But the strange thing is that the monkeys that were killed by euthanasia were not used in space missions or even in the agency’s research.
The process of housing these monkeys took place at the Ames facility as part of a cooperation between NASA and a biochemistry company, and a company official said that primates had been granted to the facility years ago after they could not get shelter due to their age and poor health.
She added, “We agreed to accept animals, provide shelter and provide care at our own expense, until their age and deterioration of health, which led to the human euthanasia decision to avoid a worse quality of life.”