People not necessarily more disturbed by animal suffering than human

People have more empathy for puppies, full grown dogs and human children who are battered than they do for battered adult humans, U.S. researchers say.

 

People have more empathy for puppies, full grown dogs and human children who are battered than they do for battered adult humans, U.S. researchers say.

Study co-authors Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, professors at Northeastern University, questioned 240 men and women, most of whom were white and ages 18-25, at a large northeastern university. Participants randomly received one of four fictional news articles about the beating of a 1-year-old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a 6-year-old dog.