According to a report in the Times of London, two major studies show that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, or humans love dogs more than their fellow man.
UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns, one for a dog and the other for a man, with the dog receiving more contributions than the man.
“Would you give 5 pounds to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a dog and a human named “Harrison.”
Northeastern University conducted a study showing that only a baby human could compete with man’s best friend.
Students were given a fake newspaper clipping about a baseball-bat attack on a puppy, an adult dog, a 1-year-old infant and a 30-year-old adult. They were asked questions to gauge their empathy. The adult finished last in sympathy.
“Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies, and adult dogs,” according to Northeastern researchers. “Only relative to the infant victim did the adult dog receive lower scores of empathy.”
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