Feds Use Taxpayer Dollars To Fund Combat Hamsters — Yes, You Read That Right
(StraightNews.org) – Scientists often end up studying some obscure or strange things, typically with a good reason, even if it’s just to know more about our world. However, every so often, Americans hear about a taxpayer-funded study where they question its relevance to human health and the treatment of animals. The White Coat Waste project recently uncovered one such experiment that’s raising quite a few eyebrows.
On Friday, June 3, White Coat Waste published a video from a study done at Georgia State University (GSU) with over $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The footage shows hamsters fighting each other in their cages.
It turns out, the hamsters became more aggressive against their same-gender counterparts after researchers drilled into their skulls and genetically modified them. White Coast Waste shared more on Twitter:
VIDEO INVESTIGATION: HAMSTER FIGHT CLUB 🐹👊
WCW has obtained the secret videos! See how NIH white coats are wasting $1.5M tax dollars to make hamsters aggressive & fight in Roman Gladiator-style death matches. #WhiteCoatWaste
WATCH 📼👇 pic.twitter.com/h49YEv0T3y
— White Coat Waste Project 🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) June 4, 2022
Researchers conducted this experiment hoping to “fully examine” how changing certain brain receptors that produce vasopressin activity affects social behaviors. The study was meant to create a bonding experience between the fluffy critters and it went horribly wrong, essentially creating a hamster fight club.
In addition, this study may have some taxpayers second-guessing whether such an experiment, which ended in the euthanization of 1152 Syrian hamsters, was actually productive for society.
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