(YNetNews) Animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) issued a statement following photos released by Iran depicting a monkey the Islamic Republic has sent into space, saying they were “appalled.”

Tehran on Monday boasted the successful launch of a live monkey into space, inside a research pod. Iran said it had launched the pod, named Pishtam (“pioneer”) to an altitude of 120 kilometers and that both the pod and the monkey were recovered safely after the landing.

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