In a revelation that is shocking to no one, a new study has found that people are more compassionate and empathetic to dogs than they are for humans.

For the study, done by Northeastern University in Boston, people told researchers stories about either an animal, a toddler or an adult being beaten. Then the people rated how bad they felt for the victim in the story.

People felt worse for the dog than the adult! They felt about the same amount of sympathy for the dog and the toddler. (Well that was very thoughtful.)

The researchers say that the results aren't because Americans are weirdly obsessed with dogs, it's that humans are instinctively protectors.

Since dogs and babies are both more vulnerable than adults, we feel worse when something bad happens to them.