Humans Love Dogs More Than People, Study Proves

Man’s best friend is truly man’s best friend, according to new research that shows humans really do love dogs more than other people.

It seems humans are more moved by the suffering of dogs than people after a study found battered dogs elicited more empathy from the populace than abused humans.

Scientists say this may be because animals are more helpless than humans and less able to defend themselves.

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In scientific evidence that people love to love the underdog, scientists described a report about an attack ‘with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant’ and each time the victim changed.

Professor Jack Levin and Professor Arnold Arluke, from Northeastern University in Boston, examined the opinions of 240 people who received one of four fictional news articles.

The victim changed in each article, which read:

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One case concerned the beating of a one-year-old child and the second documented the abuse of an adult in his thirties. The other two were about a puppy and a six-year-old dog.

The difference in empathy between child and puppy was ‘statistically non-significant’, but the dog garnered more feeling than the adult, researchers found.

The researchers wrote:

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Professor Levin told the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association:

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The research was supported by a UK medical research charity which staged two phony donation campaigns – one for a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions.

The campaign for Harrison asked:

To be fair, when loyal dogs do stuff like this for their owners, you can kind of see why humans appreciate the pure and attentive attention of puppers to people.

Take a look at this good boy, who collected the paper every morning for his owner:

Brent Cooper, 55, from Coatesville in Auckland, New Zealand, shared an adorable video of his late Golden Retriever, Kuva, on one of his daily jaunts to get the morning paper, alongside a heart-warming story of loyalty.

Mr Cooper told UNILAD how Kuva collected the newspaper every single day until he passed away aged 15, adding, ‘He was an incredibly loyal dog, especially to our daughter Shelby. He would follow her absolutely everywhere. He was the kindest most lovely dog ever.’

It’s a dog’s life.