People More Disturbed by Animal Rather than Human Suffering, But Not Children


A paper on "Are People More Disturbed by Animal or Human Suffering? Assessing the Influence of Victim's Species and Age on Empathy" shows people have more empathy for battered dogs and puppies than they do for some human adults, but not children.

Jack Levin, the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University believes the findings would be similar for cats and people as well. The paper will be presented at the American Sociological Association's 108th Annual Meeting on August 10.

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