The empathetic vegetarian brain
...Many differences were found among
the brains of those with different feedings habits....
May 27, 2010
It is often the case that meatless lifestyles are chosen for ethical
reasons related to valuing animal rights. As a consequence of their food
choices, vegetarians and vegans are often accused of and taunted for loving
animals more than people. But do most vegetarians care less for fellow
humans than animals, care for humans and animals equally, or care more for
humans than animals but still care more for animals than omnivores do?
A study published yesterday in PLoS ONE has attempted to parse out
differences among omnivores, vegetarians and vegans in brain responses to
human and animal suffering. The three groups were first given the Empathy
quotient questionnaire, and it was determined that vegans and vegetarians
scored significantly higher in empathy than omnivores....