In honor of Tax Day, a California-based group called In Defense of Animals has come out with a list of what it calls the 10 “most ridiculous” government-funded research projects involving animals.
Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center are cited twice. From the press release:
In one of the Emory/Yerkes experiments, number 8 on the list, researchers created “single-mother” prairie vole families by removing the father from some prairie vole families. While they found that the single mothers spent just as much time caring for their children as the mothers with mates, they did find that the children of single mothers spent less time caring for their children than those raised by two parents….
In the second experiment, number 5 on the list, Dr. Frans DeWaal and another researcher studied yawning in chimpanzees, finding that it is possible that empathy makes chimpanzees more likely to catch a yawn from familiar chimpanzees than strangers. This was also funded by the Yerkes Primate Research Center base grant as well as a K12 Career Development grant to Emory.
The group deemed such government-funded projects to be “white-coated welfare.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider