In a study that basically boils down to a bunch of adults playing the kids’ game “Would You Rather?” and calling it “research,” researchers at George Regents University asked 500 respondents whether — in the event of an oncoming car where they had to make a choice — they would save a dog or a human being.
When the respondents choose between a pet or a sibling, grandparent or close friend, respondents generally chose the loved one. But when it was either the dog or that Frenchman who sneered when he saw you walk out of a McDonald’s? Screw that guy.
“When given the choice between saving their own dog versus saving a foreign tourist, 40 percent overall chose to save their pet, and a whopping 46 percent of women chose Fido over a foreign human,” UPI reports. No word as to how many of the women surveyed are entitled rich girls with toy poodles, but we’re guessing about 46%.
Though the study was limited to 500 people, it provided some insight into the American psyche, namely the conclusion that we’re terrible people.
Nearly three quarters of Americans own roughly 218 million pets nationwide, though that number doesn’t include fish, probably because you’d never have to save a fish from an oncoming vehicle. Unless you made a terrible choice about where to keep your fish bowl.
Why the love for pets over foreigners? Maybe follow the money trail. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that Americans spend more on their pets than they do on alcohol or men’s clothing. Sure, plenty of our tax dollars also go to foreign aid, but apparently that’s all those stinkin’ foreigners deserve!