WASHINGTON – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will literally go beyond the ends of the Earth to save a couple dozen squirrel monkeys.
PETA's tweet reads: “@Astro_TJ Pls ask @NASA 2 #savethemonkeys from cruel & ineffective radiation experiments & replace w/ humane/modern research methods!”
The tests will help NASA study the long-term effects of radiation on primates,in part to help prepare astronauts for a trip to Mars someday.
Creamer,who considers Upper Marlboro,Md.,his hometown,is an International Space Station resident,assigned to Expeditions 22 and 23. He joined the station last month and is expected to remain for six months.
Creamer wrote his first tweet from outer space last week. Since then,he has been posting regularly and responding to questions.
PETA is calling on its members and supporters to send similar messages up to Creamer,the press release said.
“He's up in space,so we wanted to alert him to the issue,” Justin Goodman,research supervisor at PETA,said.
“Creamer and his colleagues probably know better than anyone that one dose of radiation is nothing like the conditions and risks they face in space,” he said.
So far,Creamer hasn't replied to the tweet.
“He receives all tweets to his account just as do Twitter users on Earth,” said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield. “He has not indicated any plan to respond.”
PETA got the idea of sending the tweet after reading that the International Space Station got Internet access and Creamer had set up a Twitter account,Goodman said.
“We though this would be the perfect opportunity to reach out to someone who really had a stake in the issue and whose voice will really be heard,” he said.