Humans Feel Greater Empathy for Battered Dogs than for Battered Adults, Study Shows

People feel greater empathy for puppies and even full-grown dogs subjected to violence than they do for battered adults, a new study shows.


Presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, the report examined the reactions of 240 men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, each of whom randomly received one of four fictional news articles. Each story was identical in every way with one exception — the victim, which varied between an infant, an adult in his 30s, a puppy and a 6-year-old dog.  

By Tamarra Kemsley