According to a new study conducted by northeastern university, humans say they show more empathy for man’s best friend than they would for battered humans.
Participants were asked to read the article and rate their feelings of empathy toward the victim of the story.
In the end, battered dogs and battered children drew the same response.
“It seems like there was a bit more sympathy for the animals maybe because animals are a voiceless victim. They don’t have a voice to cry out for help on their own,” said Sybil Soukup.