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Dogs will go on strike over unfair treats

First nonprimates tested for a sense of fair pay, which is key to cooperation

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11:42am, December 8, 2008

If Congress literally went to the dogs, there could still be growling over corporate bailout requests from highly compensated executives.

Dogs are the first animals outside primates that have passed an experimental test for an aversion to inequity. In other words, dogs have a sense of whether payment for work is fair, says Friederike Range, of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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