Do yawning chimps amount to ‘white-coated welfare’?

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

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7 comments Add your comment

hmmmm...

April 17th, 2012
8:15 am

poor prarie voles – they were made fatherless by my tax money.

Centrist

April 17th, 2012
8:17 am

“White-coated welfare” is similar to regular and corporate welfare which have so many overlaps and non-qualified entities taking advantage. Grants given to individual scientists and universities only if their findings continue to align with politically correct results is self-sustaining (think Anthropological Global Warming).

Mark

April 17th, 2012
8:30 am

td

April 17th, 2012
8:17 am

HERE HERE!!

Centrist

April 17th, 2012
8:53 am

@ Mark – as if that were the real td. You are agreeing with/encouraging a liberal creep who simply posted under a stolen screen name.

td

April 17th, 2012
9:41 am

I missed what the fake td said. Looks like Jim took down the post. Hopefully, he tracked the IP address and banned the loser.

Eli

April 17th, 2012
10:09 am

For one, Emory is a private university so your “tax dollars” may not have been used to conduct the research cited above.

Grants are not given after a research project has concluded, they are given before hand…to finance the project. It is true that this biases the questions asked, but it does not bias the results of the study. Grants from private organizations are far more likely to create fabrication incentives for researchers to bias results, but that is not the case with nearly any of the public research grants out there.

This is something that “Centrist” does not understand. It is evident that “Centrist” does not know what research is, why it is done, how it is financed, and how important research is to the continued prosperity of not just the US, but humanity.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
11:03 am

@Not A Centrist – AGW is real. You are not.

But of course you know better than 97% of all scientists. You’re the Sun King. The Center of Everything. Between the Extremes….Both sides are bad, both sides.