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Empathy for Battered Animals Often Outweighs That for Human Adult Victims

Battered Animal

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  • A new study revealed that most people feel more empathy for children, puppies and adult dogs than they do for adult males
  • The increased empathy is likely because the younger age, regardless of species, was seen as more vulnerable
  • The adult dogs were regarded largely in the same light as the puppies -- vulnerable and dependent on others for protection
  • Separate research found strong similarities between owner-dog relationships and parent-child relationships
  • Owning a pet is a mutually beneficial relationship because pets provide unconditional love in return for your care, providing a sense of friendship and comfort in a way that is unmatched, sometimes even by humans

By Dr. Mercola

If you were to read a news story about a battered 1-year-old child, puppy, adult dog or man in his 30s, who would you feel the most sorry for?

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