The Business of Monkeys
The data that resulted from this study is, in my humble opinion, lacking in credibility for two reasons.
Reason number one: While the monkeys were stabbed, they were not robbed. If monkeys are to be utilized as human analogues, the sociological impact of the violent action should have to be factored into the equation. It is my understanding that in Humans, stabbing typically precedes robbery.
I heard nothing at all about whether or not the monkeys were verbally harangued during the stabbing. Do you know anybody who has ever been stabbed where they have not also been verbally insulted in the process? Me neither, and that is reason number two.
While I’m sure they meant well, I think they should leave the animal stabbing to the trained professionals at the cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies.
Wait, I’m receiving an update. Apparently, no monkeys were stabbed after all and it was all just an outrageous and totally believable hoax. As my sympathetic feelings towards monkeys are in the public domain, you can imagine my relief.