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Battered dogs get more empathy than adult humans: survey
Sunday August 11, 2013 8:32 PM, IANS

People have more empathy for battered puppies and full grown dogs than they do for adult humans, a US survey has found.

Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, sociology professors at the Northeastern University, surveyed 240 men and women, most of them white and between the ages of 18 and 25, at a large northeastern university in the US.

Participants randomly received one of four fictional news articles about the beating of a one-year-old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a six-year-old dog, reports Xinhua.

The stories were identical except for the victim's identify. After reading their story, respondents were asked to rate their feelings of empathy towards the victim.

Participants had higher levels of empathy for abused children, puppies and dogs than they did for the abused adults, the researchers said.

But the difference in empathy for children versus puppies was statistically non-significant.

"Contrary to popular thinking, we are not necessarily more disturbed by animal rather than human suffering," Levin said in a statement.

"We were surprised by the interaction of age and species. Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy.

"In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies," said Levin.

While the study focused on dogs and humans, Levin said the findings would be similar for cats and people as well.

"Dogs and cats are family pets," he said. "These are animals to which many individuals attribute human characteristics."

The findings were presented Saturday at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

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