From the category of “No Shit, Sherlock” experiments comes this gem from Yerkes National Primate Research Center. A posse of animal-experimenters, led by vivisector Mark Wilson, has concluded that female monkeys who experience psychological stress will eat excessive amounts of fatty foods.
Really? I wouldn’t have guessed that from the way I reach for chocolate peanut-butter brownies instead of broccoli salad when I’m stressed from a looming deadline or a crazy busy schedule. But unlike Yerkes’ Wilson, I don’t receive grants (read: taxpayer dollars) from the National Institutes of Health to come up with the groundbreaking conclusion that stressed females eat and that the foods we eat when stressed aren’t the best for us.
Wilson is right at home at Yerkes, where his coworkers also receive tax dollars up the yin-yang to imprison and abuse monkeys for equally revelatory results. Yerkes’ Maria Sanchez removes baby monkeys from their mothers and concludes that the babies become extremely depressed, Stuart Zola has shown that baby monkeys who are taken away from their mothers are more likely to become addicted to drugs, and Michael Davis has proved that motherless monkeys are more prone to feeling fear and anxiety. Your tax dollars hard at work.
—AlkaPosted by Alka Chandna, Laboratory Oversight Specialist