Humans are more likely to feel empathy for a dog than a person, according to studies.
According to various studies, humans are more likely to help and/or feel empathy for a dog in need than for a fellow person.
CBJ wanted to know where Nottingham resident’s empathy lies; with humans or with dogs?
Gregory Boulevard-based Chihuahua owner Mohammad Sire backs up the studies’ findings.
He said:”I would have to agree. Animals are so loyal. They will still love you regardless of anything, they’re like children… I told my partner when I first met them: ‘my dog will always come first no matter what, she comes before anyone'”.
48-year-old contractor Darren Minch was in agreement with Mr Sire, saying:”I think I would care more about a puppy than some random bloke, to be honest.
“Animals are just innocent, there’s nothing more to them than what meets the eye… humans are more complicated.”
One of the studies, conducted by charity Harrison’s Fund, involved researchers printing two adverts, which both asked the question: “would you give £5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?”
The only difference between the two adverts was the photograph; in one, Harrison was a little boy, in the other he was a dog… It was Harrison the dog that received the most donations.
Peel Street resident Samantha Joyce, 26, believed that the answer as to where human’s empathy lies was slightly more complicated than studies suggest.
“I can’t say which species my loyalties lie, it isn’t that simple… it depends on which human we’re talking about, and which dog!
“I’m not going to feel guilty for saving a puppy over someone like Donald Trump!”
21-year-old Labrador owner Tash Kurt felt that the answer was much more clear cut.
The Nottingham Trent student said: “my dog is literally like my sister, so I have no shame in saying I care more about her than pretty much anyone else.”
It is evident that the vast majority of Nottingham residents’ empathy lies with our four-legged friends.