The Point: Compassion for Canines, not Kindred

Do people love dogs too much or people too little? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

The Times of London reports on a study that found people have more empathy for dogs than for fellow humans.

When asked, 240 students were consistently more willing to give money to save a dog from a “painful death” than they were to save a person.

Another study from Northeastern University found that when students were shown fake newspaper clippings about four abuse victims—a puppy, an adult dog, a human infant, and a 30-year-old adult—only the infant beat out the dogs in sympathy. Respondents were “significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized.”

We’ve watched the Internet howl over Harambe the gorilla and the killing of elephants but shrug off civilian casualties in the Syrian civil war and the victims of abortion. For many today, the welfare of animals is more important than that of people.

Now, we should care about animals. But getting more worked up over them than humans is like letting the tail wag the…well, you know what I mean.

 

Resources

STUDY: Humans Love Dogs More Than Other People
  • Joseph Curl | Daily Wire | November 1, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “We’ve watched the Internet howl over Harambe the gorilla and the killing of elephants but shrug off civilian casualties in the Syrian civil war and the victims of abortion.”
    The fact gorillas and elephants are endangered species due to human actions while more than a few people consider humanity to have grown far too large might have something to do with that as well.

    • Steve

      Humanity has grown far too large, you say?
      And the solution is to prevent others from being born, right?
      Who chooses who is able to be born?

      • Phoenix1977

        “And the solution is to prevent others from being born, right?”
        I think I made my opinion on that perfectly clear repeatedly.

        “Who chooses who is able to be born?”
        Well, the women who are pregnant, for one. And, like I said before, I’m very much in favor of discouraging people to have children. Or at least to not encourage them. So no tax or other financial benefits for having children and stuff. If you want to have children, that is your responsibility and yours alone. Not society’s.

        • Steve

          You do realize that societies crumble when they don’t reproduce, don’t you?
          If there are too many people, should we start demanding that the infirm and elderly not receive treatment?
          Should people who are “burdens” be “allowed” to die?
          Should babies born with disabilities be euthanized? After all, they are not really completely human…
          Who decides on all of this?
          What worldview forms the basis for these decisions?
          This would be a final solution.
          I think I have heard before of something called the Final Solution, have you?
          Didn’t work out too well…

          • Phoenix1977

            “You do realize that societies crumble when they don’t reproduce, don’t you?”
            There are some societies in the world that can be missed.

            “If there are too many people, should we start demanding that the infirm and elderly not receive treatment?”
            Whenever did I say that?

            “Should people who are “burdens” be “allowed” to die?”
            Everyone is allowed to die. It’s their life to begin with so they can do with it whatever they want.

            “Should babies born with disabilities be euthanized? After all, they are not really completely human…”
            They already are in countries where euthanasia is legal. And when exactly did I say the weren’t completely human?

            “Who decides on all of this?”
            Not you or me, but people themselves or their proxies.

            “What worldview forms the basis for these decisions?”
            Not a religious one, that’s for sure.

            “I think I have heard before of something called the Final Solution, have you?”
            Doesn’t ring a bell, no. Than again, you are so desperate to put words in my mouth I’m sure you are going to explain it to me.

      • Julie Alizadeh

        Humans can be born but are we going to have parents .. that’s the problem .. animals take care of there babies ..

    • Julie Alizadeh

      Love everything you say Jean .. we are to be good Stewards of Gods creation not throw in trash and take care of the planet animals are trying to survive in this Earth and we are contaminating it

  • jean74

    As an animal lover, my heart goes out to animals because they are so at the mercy of human beings. As babies and young children are. And human beings do terrible things to both. I see first hand what happens when people do not care for their pets and they end up ill and on the street. Cats in particular. God gave us dominion over these creatures and we fall short. Humans do terrible things to humans too. I am outraged and upset by the abuse children suffer at the hands of adults. Also, at people who lie and destroy the lives of others, which I have seen first hand. Basically, I cannot wait until the Lord returns because we humans have done a very bad job without him.

    • Phoenix1977

      “I cannot wait until the Lord returns because we humans have done a very bad job without him.”
      Quite the error in judgement from a omnipotent and infallible being, wouldn’t you say? You would almost say that being is either not infallible or not there at all.

  • Zura Beth

    I am glad to see someone address this. I have felt for some time that animal love has surpassed human love which seems obvious to me to be against God’s wishes. The answer is God but what can we, as Christians, do?

  • julie smith

    I really agree what Jean says she thinks like I do I wish more people understand that we should take care of what God has given us including the planet not trash it

  • julie smith

    I so agree with Jean we should be good stewards of Gods gifts not throw it in the trash .. Animals do not have a voice they are innocent.. I think she is right I on ,,