WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: A seven week old Daschund cross puppy waits to be re-homed at the Cheshire Dogs Home on January 4, 2010 in Warrington, England. The puppy is one of hundreds waiting for a new home at the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home and other animal shelters across Britain. There has been a huge surge in the number of abandoned pets over the Christmas and Winter period. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The unconscious victim was found with a broken leg and multiple lacerations.
Does that sentence garner more empathy from you if the victim is a human or a dog? In a study published in the journal “Society & Animals,” researchers presented people with a fake newspaper story but tested switching out the victim, using a 1-year-old infant, a 30-year-old adult, a puppy or a 6-year-old adult dog, The Times reported.
“Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies and adult dogs,” the study found. “Only relative to the infant victim did the adult dog receive lower scores of empathy.”
Glenn talked about the new study on today’s show along with older research from a nonprofit fighting muscular dystrophy. Harrison’s Fund found in 2015 that people were more likely to click on an ad asking for £5 to save a dog from a “slow, painful death” than to save a child.
“Irritatingly but unsurprisingly the dog ad was clicked on twice as much as the one featuring my beautiful son,” Alex Smith, dad to Harrison, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, wrote about the test campaign.
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