Persian cat makes a poor animal astronaut
16th Sept 2013 — We read that Iran plans to send a Persian cat into space as a follow up to sending a monkey into space. We don’t know if this is all a public relations exercise to sharpen up the public profile of a country that is largely disliked in the West or whether it is real. You never really know the truth when it comes to Iran. Mind you, the same applies to most governments.
Iran state that they want to improve their space technology so that they can launch satellites to improve telecommunications and so on. But is it a smoke screen for developing rocket technology for missiles carrying war heads?
They state they are choosing between a Persian cat, a rabbit and a mouse.
All the online newspapers show a picture of a modern flat-faced Persian. This is incorrect because this cat is exclusively an American cat. I would be surprised if there are flat-faced Persians in Iran. There may be one or two but the mainstream Persian in Iran should be a real or, at least, a traditional Persian cat and thank God for that because the flat-faced variety has known breathing problems. They are highly unsuited to space flight. Note: there are probably no Persian cats in Iran but that is another story.
Iran can do far better than sending an extreme bred Persian cat into space even if it is named after their country. The connection ends there – with the name. The Persian cat has no connection with Iran except for the country’s former (and alternative) name. In fact, we don’t even know if the Persian cat comes from Persia.
If Iran is stuck on the idea of sending the famous Persian cat into space, please, oh please, make it a traditional Persian, or a real Persian cat, a freeborn cat that lives on the streets. He’ll have a much better chance of returning in good health or alive.
Better than all of these options is to send a human, one of the politicians would do nicely. Why should the life of a cat be jeopardised for the sake of a dubious human objective?
My thanks to Marc for pointing this story out to me.