Bonobos, Left & Right
Frans de Waal points out that primate research was being pulled out of shape by “spin-doctors” who wanted to prove a point about human nature. You can read his excellent article in the eSkeptic for 8 August 2007.
Right-wingers were proclaiming that bonobos were aggressive because they were known to hunt small animals. Wrong! Hunting for food has little to do with aggression.
It’s important not to idealize the bonobo, but there are no known cases of lethal aggression in the wild. Violence has been seen in close confinement, in zoos.