What if a human and a dog stood both needed help, but you could only help one? It would not be an easy decision, however, studies show that feeling empathy, many people prefer dogs to the detriment of others. it’s surprising, is not it?
Sociologists and anthropologists at Northeastern University and the University of Colorado have raised questions. When talking about animals in need, the level of indignation and reaction is sometimes higher than when tragedies affect humans.
The researchers asked 256 students to read a fictional story and reveal their empathy for a dog or puppy compared to an adult or child brutally beaten.
Results: Undergraduate students had more empathy for dogs than adult men. The study reveals: “We have found more empathy for the human children victims, puppies, and adult dogs than for the adult humans, Age makes the difference for empathy with the human victims, but not for the victims of dogs. “
The study also mentions a UK charity that conducts its own experience of dog/person empathy. He organized a fundraising campaign with two versions of the same ad.
According to the study, “both had a text that said,” Do you give £ 5 to save Harrison from a slow and painful death? “One version contained a photo of the real Harrison Smith, an eight-year-old boy diagnosed with Duchenne’s disease (muscular dystrophy), the other with a picture of a dog.