Monday, 10 December 2012

MONKEY BUSINESS: Primates want equal pay too


From:news.com.au 
November 20, 2012 1:58PM

IT sounds like monkey business. But a study of primates by researchers at Emory University in the US has found that capuchin monkeys care about equal pay for equal work.
In a TED presentation, primatologist Frans de Waal shows video of an experiment where two monkeys are fed.

At first both monkeys are given grapes and they are very satisfied.

But when one the primates is fed cucumber while the other is provided delicious grapes in plain sight, the monkey dealt the less delicious hand is not pleased.

The cucumber recipient goes ape, rattling on his plastic fence in rage.

The primate behaviour expert Frans de Waal compared the monkeys' behaviour to humans who participated in the Occupy Wall St movement.

"That's basically the Wall St protest right there," he said.

Human kind is not being treated so well either, figures from the Bureau of Statistics indicate.

Australian men earned 17.4 per cent more than women in the quarter ending February 2012.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/the-other-side/monkey-business-primates-want-equal-pay-too/story-e6frfhk6-1226520390470

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