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Scholars Investigate Animal ‘Inequality’ to Check Privilege in the Animal Kingdom

Scholars Investigate Animal ‘Inequality’ to Check Privilege in the Animal Kingdom

“Squirrel privilege is real.”

This is one of those stories where you’re just sure it must be parody, but it isn’t. Apparently, social justice is an issue among animals, too.

The College Fix reports:

‘Checking privilege in the animal kingdom’: Biologists investigate animal ‘inequality’

“Squirrel privilege is real.” “Checking Privilege in the Animal Kingdom.” “Even Hermit Crabs Have Wealth Inequality.”

These headlines hail from Salon and The New York Times, respectively, and represent a growing trend among scholars and the media to tackle animal “inequality” — and also argue humans can learn important lessons about income inequality and privilege from such studies.

“Inequality is a threat to our social fabric, but it’s not just a human problem,” argued the World Economic Forum in January in a piece that connected human and non-human inequality.

Headlined “Inequality is not confined to humans. Animals are divided by privilege, too,” it was based on an essay published in Behavioral Ecology in December 2021, an essay which helped spawn a spate of recent articles on the topic.

“Mammals, fish, birds and even insects have been shown to benefit from inherited wealth and abilities,” the forum’s report stated. “…Some have a better quality of life than other members of the same species – including access to food and shelter – just because of their parents’ status.”

A flock of inequality examples were cited in the piece as it relates to animals such as hyenas, clownfish and wasps (the insects, not White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Hyenas inherit territory, and similarly clownfish inherit sea anemones (think Finding Nemo). Wasps inherit hover nests:

Spotted hyenas inherit their rank in the pack from their mothers and these high-status families tend to be larger and outlive other families. Individual females often join to defend shared territory, with the highest born having the most access to resources.

Even underwater, rank and privilege persist, the study reveals. Individual clownfish inherit the right to hide in large sea anemones. This ensures them better protection from predators than those without such a birthright.

In the insect world, some female wasps inherit their nests from their parents which means they are more likely to produce offspring than less privileged “lone” females who are denied access to the nest.

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Comments

Obviously all these problems are caused by whitefish.

For sure, my dog thinks “squirrel privilege” IS real, when the squirrel is able to escape by climbing a tree. Fido tells me that Equity demands that a weight be strapped to every squirrel so that there is equity in tree climbing.


 
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rochf | June 22, 2022 at 1:06 pm

Where do these “scholars” think the animals should go to have their grievances addressed? Who will pay the the lesser animals reparations?


     
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    Dimsdale in reply to rochf. | June 23, 2022 at 9:50 am

    These “scholars” don’t think; they are sociologists in lab coats.

    Soft sciences are for those that are soft in the head. Don’t let them infest real science. After all, who will the ChiComs copy from then?


     
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    David Walker in reply to rochf. | June 23, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Perhaps they could launch a class action against Charlie Darwin?


 
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MajorWood | June 22, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Squirrels eat electrical wire insulation and therefore must die. I feed the crows who are their natural territory enemy. The crows in my hood watch where the squirrels hide their cache, and then raid it when the squirrel is off gathering more. Just endless hours of entertainment.

When my son was young I tught him to respect life; but, hornets, carpenter ants, and raccoons were not life, and therefore fair game 24/7.


 
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The Gentle Grizzly | June 22, 2022 at 2:14 pm

This idea bears study, so I hope the scholars won’t waste time lion around.


 
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jolanthe | June 22, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Cancel Darwin, neo Lycenkoism is coming for evolution.


 
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Old Retired RN | June 22, 2022 at 4:45 pm

We used to call this ‘evolution’.


 
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Dimsdale | June 22, 2022 at 10:29 pm

What an insipid infestation of ludicrousness infecting the last bastions of reality: real science.

What next, the inequity of the different frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electrons are the slaves of protons and neutrons? Will the colors of the spectrum be segregated into preferred and shunned frequencies?

What rot. What rubbish. Anyone for the Dark Ages, part deux?


 
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David Walker | June 23, 2022 at 12:21 pm

“and also argue humans can learn important lessons about income inequality and privilege from such studies.”

Yes, that is most certainly true.
We must search out, identify and eliminate all such crackpots who are paid by the taxpayer to produce such utter drivel.


 
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MajorWood | June 23, 2022 at 2:21 pm

FWIW, the documentary, “Eternal Enemies: Lions vs Hyenas” is almost Shakesperian in its delivery.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35wgom

If you don’t cry while watching this, you have no heart, just sayin.

And it is more fun if you watch it with the thought in the back of your mind that the Matriarch is Hillary. 😉

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