Dogs aren’t just mans best friend anymore, they’re everybody’s.
According to a new study conducted by a UK medical research charity (via the New York Post), people show more empathy for their four legged friends than they do their fellow human.
The charity made up two phony donation campaigns, one for a dog and the other featuring a man. The pooch drew more contributions.
Northeastern University also conducted a study showed that showed students fake newspaper clippings about a baseball-bat attack on a puppy, an adult dog, a year-old infant and a 30-year-old adult.
“Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies and adult dogs,” according to Northeastern researchers. “Only relative to the infant victim did the adult dog receive lower scores of empathy.”