Hey, Why Don’t We Cut the Baboon Poop Studies?

Study Your Own Poop

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep.

~ Will Rogers 

Yes, that’s right, U.S. taxpayers are funding baboon poop studies in Africa.  For the last ten years we have been paying for studies on African baboon poop. But don’t worry, we have gained wonderful information such as, it’s not easy to be the top baboon.

“…Thousands of African baboon fecal samples reveal that alpha males have elevated stress levels, indicating that a high social rank—long considered a benefit in many animal societies—actually brings conflict and stress that can take a mental and physical toll.

Why should Americans care about this rather bizarre if not downright ridiculous discovery? Because U.S. tax dollars are financing the costly and ongoing study of male baboons in Kenya’s Amboseli Basin. In the last few years alone, Uncle Sam has given a group of college researchers north of $1.4 million to study the behavior of baboons in Africa.

The money has been distributed by the nation’s steward of medical and behavioral research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the federal agency that funds science research and education. Combined their annual budgets total nearly $40 billion with a big chunk going to projects that seem as wasteful as studying monkeys eight time zones away…”

This is part of the U.N. integration studies and a poor outlet for our tax money. Hello, Congress, Mr. President, we’re borrowing 44 cents on every dollar or printing fake money to make up the difference. Read here: Taxpayers money going to examine baboon feces and here: UN Integration Studies