Pew: Most Americans are more sympathetic to loss of animal life than human

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According to a Pew Research Center report released on Thursday, the majority of Americans are more concerned with and sympathetic to the death of innocent animals than they are the death of innocent human beings.

The report is the result of a survey issued by Pew Researchers which posed questions about what American’s sentiments were in response to incidents involving the wrongful death and treatment of both humans and animals. Subjects responded to these questions using a five-point scale spanning from “viscerally disgusted” to “I had no idea this happened and now that I do, I feel nothing.”

The table below presents summary information from the study, which explains how American adults felt after being exposed to news stories and advertisements portraying instances of inhumanity and animal cruelty.

American adults thoughts on incidents of human and animal cruelty

% of US adults who felt…
After watching adoption commercials for abused animalsAfter watching commercials by refugee agencies working in SyriaAfter reading story about stray cats being poisoned at Egyptian sports clubAfter reading story about young Chinese boy being poisoned by stepdadAfter learning of Cecil the Lion’s deathAfter learning of Freddie Gray’s death
Viscerally disgusted859099
Inconsolably disappointed10101
Moderately irritated55
Raised an eyebrow10101
I had no idea this happened and now that I do I feel nothing859099

Last week, social media quickly went ablaze with outrage, as many Americans adopted the hashtag #HumanLivesMatter to express their frustration. Twitter users paired the hashtag with stitched photos that matched images of human tragedy with well-groomed domesticated dogs and cats, wearing high-end sweaters and jackets from designer retail companies.

Earlier this week, a counter campaign marked by the hashtag #AllOrganisimsLivesMatter took root as users posted photos of happy, healthy, families accompanied by their pets, in some cases while wearing white t-shirts on the beach. Many of these photos however, were later found to be fake, with one of the most common ones coming from the website for Floridian health partnership, Healthy Central Florida.

Local humanity activist Nelson Petry, not to be confused with the human rights activist by the same name, explained the flaws with the #AllOrganismsLivesMatter movement in an exclusive interview with The Daily Orb.

“It’s not that all organisms lives don’t matter,” he said, “it’s just that we are currently at a point where human lives seem to be less valuable than animal’s, so the #HumanLivesMatter movement is just trying to draw attention to the imbalance,” he added.

“Not to mention the fact that the counter campaign’s hashtag is grammatically awkward,” he concluded.

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