Scientists have claimed that dogs are no more exceptional than a litany of other animals, and the internet is not happy about it.
For the most part, humans are a race of animal lovers. Perhaps more so in the present day than ever before. No longer do we just like to keep animals as pets and care for them, but more and more of us are becoming vegetarians and vegans due to the way in which animals we use for meat and their by-products are treated.
Of all the animals on Earth that humans have a penchant for, we haven't taken to any quite like we have the humble dog. Canines have been companions to people for a number of reasons for centuries. There is the age-old argument between cat people and dog people but come on everyone, let's be honest. Dogs are just better, right?
Well, not necessarily, at least according to research published by Scientific American. According to the study, dogs are no more exceptional than some other species in the animal kingdom. Some of the animals listed include cats, hyenas, and even pigeons. Cats and hyenas we can accept, to an extent, but pigeons? Come on science. Dogs are definitely more exceptional than pigeons. No offense intended if you are a pigeon person.
We are not alone in our anger towards this anti-dog study. The internet has also reacted poorly to the findings. Some have suggested on social media that the research must have been funded by cats. Others have posted GIFs of dogs doing things that they believe proves canines are superior to all other animals. After seeing the below tweet, we don't know how anyone couldn't be on the dog side of the fence of this argument.
Ummm, whatever science. How do you explain this then... pic.twitter.com/tWRiUZOvlC— AdamRyan (@AdamRyan) November 27, 2018
We would personally like to know exactly how these researchers arrived at the conclusion dogs are not all that exceptional. Joking aside, dogs are used for a litany of things in the present day on top of being great pets. Therapy dogs, guide dogs, sniffer dogs. Our furry friends help us with so many things. Science be damned! We still love dogs as much as we always have.