According to a new study out of Northeastern University in Boston, people feel more compassion and empathy for DOGS than for other HUMAN BEINGS.
For the study, researchers told people stories about either an animal, a toddler, or an adult being BEATEN. Then the people rated how bad they felt for the victim in the story.
People felt WORSE for the dog than they did for the adult. They felt about the same amount of sympathy for the dog and the toddler.
The researchers say these results AREN'T because Americans are weirdly obsessed with dogs . . . the results come from our innate human instinct to be PROTECTORS.
Since dogs and babies are both more vulnerable than adults, we feel worse when something bad happens to them. (Northeastern)