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re. “The abuse of non-human animals in early space programmes was met with protest demonstrations in a number of countries.”

I’ve came across a joke. Sorce is here

Buzz Aldrin (the second man who set foot on the moon) joked about why Alan Shepard became the first American in space: “Actually,” he said, “they wanted to send a monkey, but a bunch of letters came to NASA in defense of animal rights, and in defense of Shepard not a single letter arrived. They sent him. ”