Why do humans love animals so much

And I don't just mean dogs and cats. It sometimes seems like we have an instinct to want to pet most animals, both animals we eat and who could eat us, as long as they wouldn't kill us for it.
What is the evolutionary reason for this?

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    fluffy

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only losers who can't form proper relationships with other people care about animals

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >we have an instinct to want to pet most animals

    It's indeed an instinct.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Should we hate them instead? I eat some of them and keep others as pet. It is what it is.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because they cute bro
    Yes, even bears

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    1) we have limbs which allows us to pet in great detail
    2) it's an extension of neoteny as a survival strategy
    Kinda cringe but it explains it well

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    You discount the uncanny valley that primates sit in. I fucking hate primates.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I fucking hate primates
      have a nice day

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The smarter something is the more capable it is of being deliberately cruel
      Apes should scare people

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Apes do scare me, fuck them bro. Chimpanzees particularly

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The smarter something is the more capable it is of being deliberately cruel
      Apes should scare people

      Apes do scare me, fuck them bro. Chimpanzees particularly

      This. I don't understand people who find them cute at all.

      Only losers who can't form proper relationships with other people care about animals

      Not everyone is here for the same reasons as you, anon.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Humans love ~~*~~*(animals*~~*~~))
    Humans love mammals who can emote and are genetically similar to use, omnivores at that
    >They love birds and fish because they are pretty except for very rare large breeds of bird or the smart ones those pass as one of us
    >Loving a spider makes you a freak
    >Loving a fish makes you a freak
    >Loving a sneak makes you a freak
    Humanity's love us extremely biased

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the smart ones those pass as one of us
      What?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >be social hunter
    >move to northern environment
    >no longer tripping over food
    >harsh winters, few plant foods
    >more pressure on you to survive, right now, no time to fuck around
    >evolve broader sense of empathy to predict prey better
    >humans are patient hunters who stalk and track animals for days and make extensive use of traps. plotting is predation.
    >now able to learn from other predatory animals and improve your skills
    >suddenly becomes super useful as befriending some animals increases your hunt success rate
    >becomes SUPER useful as befriending some other animals provides infinite food and impressive transportation

    you see a lot of empathy for animals in east asians too. you need to know they're suffering to enjoy their suffering.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >evolve broader sense of empathy to predict prey better
      Empathy is not telepathy

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It’s all dem advanced white human alien genes.
    It’s why Africans and Asians generally don’t love animals the same way, but they will learn and develop eventually on their own in a far less chaotic environment.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We are living things that recognize a desire to see other living things prosper. Don't need to be a hippie and take lsd to figure that out.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      But most humans actually want to see other living things being ruined and destroyed

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >source: Dude trust me

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Open google maps, zoom on any piece of land that looks like a grid and realize how much life has been destroyed to create that

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            The modern world wasn't created via majority consensus

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Okay I just zoomed into Nevada on a place that used to be just sand.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Deserts aren't just sand.
              North American deserts in particular are home to some of the most unique plants in the world and to lots of endemic animal species.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                well good for them, but I need to eat so we're planting wheat and corn there

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That just proved

                But most humans actually want to see other living things being ruined and destroyed

                's point lol

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think because it ties into furfag shit and believing you are an animal. There is still some remnants within us from when we were not so different from other animals that surfaces in our flawed minds that anthropomorphizes them or sees them as peers. Evolution rarely outright removes things and just keeps building ontop of whats there.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >believing you are an animal
      It's a fact, not a belief

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >believing you are an animal.
      Fungal appendages typed this post.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    we're all just a bunch of animals going through the same shit
    more alike than different

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That’s fucked up.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's no evolutionary advantage to be cold towards (non-dangerous) animals. So the answer is: they cute

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they cute

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    becaus God said unto adam that he should be master over all the animals or because mammal herd instincts are not that precise

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. And if it weren't for Adam and Eve sinning, we could keep all the giant huggable grizzlies we'd ever want without fear of them murdering us. Literal real life Pokemon without the fighting.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        But instead we get mauled by badgers, great.
        Fuckin' talking ribs ruining everything

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          *women and reptile owners

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What is the evolutionary reason for this?
    Probably an impetus to domesticate animals and thus using them as a food source.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      then why do we grow so attached to said food source? Wouldn't it be easier if she evolved not to feel compassion for livestock animals

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Probably some kind of nurturing instinct that just goes in a direction that was not intentional. Kinda like how we can recognize the subtlest of human emotions and facial expressions to the point where we see faces in places where they don't exist (like the face on the moon or jesus showing up in toast).

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          good points

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >then why do we grow so attached to said food source?
        We are all genetic defects

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >then why do we grow so attached to said food source?
        Happy animals taste better.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not all animals are food sources. Most cultures didn't eat dogs and cats (inb4 some historian anon barges in saying they totally did and that's just something people don't like to talk about). So we treated them differently than livestock. And then I guess our retarded brain made the association that livestock by itself is not that different from the animals we don't eat.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Comfy lifestyle maybe?

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