The Journal & Courier ran a USA Today story about a study showing that humans have more sympathy for abused dogs than abused humans.
A new study has found abused dogs — both puppies and adults — elicit more sympathy than abused adult humans.
From the Scientific Journal, “Duh!” I presume. Perceived innocence and defenselessness are going to trigger a more sympathetic response.
I once had a buddy, a complete misanthrope, who said that, if he was driving down the road and had to choose between hitting a puppy and hitting a kid, he’d let the puppy live because he knew the kid, while innocent now, would almost certainly grow up to be a jerk in one fashion or another. Dogs remain innocent.