Some Humans Are Missing The Empathy Gene.

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It has been a busy week here, and I sat down to reply to the touchingly kind, and caring comments people had left on the earlier passing of one of my girl rats, and the stories of their own, when I scrolled by this:


There was a moment I almost had the knee jerk reaction which would have let this below par person have a negative impact on the way I was feeling, when I snapped to my senses to realize that they aren’t nearly worth it.

Instead, I’m going to use it to demonstrate something I’ve long thought: there are two types of humans. In a nutshell, the fatally flawed ones can be easily spotted by their utter lack of empathy and compassion; my sympathy to those who cross their path.

I believe most people are essentially good, and just trying to get through life as best they…

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One thought on “Some Humans Are Missing The Empathy Gene.

  1. Great discussion of the question most animal activists have asked themselves: Why do some people care about animal suffering while others show no concern and may even be guilty of abuse?

    Studies suggest that empathy does have a genetic component homozygous for GG alleles. Those who are AA or AG seem to show less or no empathy.

    As noted in this essay, most abusers will not change because they lack empathy, have character flaws, or be psychotic.

    So the question is, What is to be done to stop their torture of animals? Obviously, much of what we’re doing now does not work.

    If people cannot be taught empathy, humane education will not prevent cruelty and the slap-on-the-wrist punishment of community service or anger management will not improve behavior. Maybe the answer is to enact laws that focus on those most likely to be guilty with different kinds of prevention and with punishments that really hurt.

    For example, we could try the following:
    • Develop animal cruelty registries in every state and municipality that provide names, pictures, and background of abusers that are available to the public and to shelters. Abusers could be more readily identified for abuses committed. People on the registries could be prevented from owning animals.
    • Make spaying/neutering and microchipping mandatory in order to trace ownership in cases of kidnapping and to cut back on the unwanted animals who are homeless and are easy to seize as victims.
    • Make animal abuse a felony with mandatory sentencing guidelines that prosecutors and judges cannot circumvent.

    The point is that abusers might not care about the pain they cause animals, but they might fear the very real punishment of fines, jail time, and the bad publicity from registers.

    Animal advocates could be counted on to support harsher laws and have been calling for them for years.

    That leaves the “normal” people, the general population, who would have to support stricter laws. Edmund Burke once noted that evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Unfortunately, good people have not done enough for animals for far too long. Until they start demanding better anti-cruelty laws, they are enabling the abusers.

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