How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life

Exposing the Big Game

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170424170801.htm

Date:
April 24, 2017
Source:
University of Arizona
Summary:
When reminded of death, humans become more likely to support the killing of animals, no matter how they feel about animal rights, researchers have found. Psychology’s terror management theory may explain why. The researchers’ findings could also help scientists better understand the psychological motivations behind the murder and genocide of humans.
Uri Lifshin holds his cat, Chupchik. Lifshin’s own love of animals is, in part, what drove him to study humans’ psychological reasons for supporting killing them.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Arizona

When reminded of death, humans become more likely to support killing animals, regardless of their existing attitudes about animal rights, according to new research from the University of Arizona.

The research provides new insight into the psychology behind humans’ willingness to kill animals for a variety of reasons, and could also potentially help scientists better understand…

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