Battered Puppies Prompt More Empathy in Humans Than Adults Who Experienced Physical Abuse

A new study shows people may have more empathy for battered puppies than people, well adults anyway, according to a news release…


Researchers found age is the main factor that elicits more empathy. There was no real statistical difference between empathy for a child versus that of a puppy.

“We were surprised by the interaction of age and species,” Levin said. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies.”


By Zulai Serrano