What took scientists so long to reach the conclusion that rats are more human than we thought?
Could it be that they just did not want to recognize it? After all there are few medical research facilities that won’t use them in their research. Would it help their research placing the rats one notch higher on our evolutionary tree?
In spite of all the evidence of empathy driven behavior evidence of an "emotional contagion, a frequently observed phenomenon in humans and animals in which a subject shares in the fear, distress or even pain suffered by another subject” in rats, primates and other “researched” animals, scientist have not felt deterred from subjecting our “alikes” to the most horrid, useless medical experiments.
Research proves that rats and other animals will help their fellow peers in any perceived dangerous circumstances, an act which to them is the reward itself.
The experiments on rats that took place in the UCMD, also provided “further evidence that empathy-driven helping behavior is not unique to humans -- and suggest that Homo sapiens could learn a lesson from its rat cousins."
”When we act without empathy we are acting against our biological inheritance," said Peggy Mason, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology. "If humans would listen and act on their biological inheritance more often, we'd be better off."
Humankind through centuries vilified the rats and branded them as “vermin,” carriers of diseases. But we were the ones who pushed them into our gutters, where while hiding from humans and looking for food, they carry the filth back to us. But whose filth is it, theirs or ours? They are only messengers of our own decay, and a reminder that the vermin are not them!