Americans Have More Empathy-Sympathy for Suffering Dogs Than Human Adults: Study

Young Americans have more sympathy for suffering babies and dogs than they do for human adults, a new study suggests.


Northeastern University researchers showed 256 college undergraduates fictitious news reports of brutally beaten human adults, children and canines, and asked the respondents to indicate their level of empathy.


“We found significantly more empathy for victims who are human children, puppies and fully-grown dogs than for victims who are adult humans,” the study said. “In other words, age makes a difference for empathy toward human victims, but not for dog victims.”