I was think ing this may have to do with imprinting, or rataher learning who and what an animal is to be social to. Dogs raised with humans are less likely to be violent towards them than those raised with no human contact. So socialbility is a learned trait.

Maybe if we want to increase human sympathy for animals making them visible to youngsters, in suitable situations, may cause sympathetic behavior in later life.

As far as I recall my school education was about reading writing and arithmetic, rather than ethological and animal related awareness.

Is it no wonder that some people treat dogs and cats so well, because of their proximity to them perhaps, but are not so interested in the battery farmed animals, or foreign species they have never seen or learned to sympathise with?

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