📰 Are we protecting beautiful animals more? Yes

The announcement last year by the city of Longueuil and SÉPAQ that deer would be culled because of their overpopulation had animal lovers jumping. Would the reaction have been the same if it had been a question of one animals (According to the classical classification, an animal (from Latin animus, spirit or vital principle) is a…) less cute?

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Beauty and morality

Endangered animals have to be cute or endearing to be funny.object (In general, the word object (from the Latin objectum, 1361) denotes an entity defined in…) of one Country (The landscape, also called rural environment, refers to all cultivated areas…) conservation according to the literature scientific (A scientist is a person who is dedicated to the study of a science or sciences and who…). According to participants in a 2019 study published in the journal animalscute animals, like dolphins and koalas, deserve more moral consideration than less attractive species, like bats and wild boars.

The researchers inInstitute (An institute is a permanent organization created for a specific purpose. It is…) The University of Lisbon came to this conclusion after asking 509 adults to look at 120 pictures of an animal against a background white (White is the color of a body heated to about 5000°C (see…). Participants were then asked to rate the animals – ranging from leachate to worms the earth (Earth is the third planet in the solar system in order of distance…) to cows and chimpanzees – on 11 aspects, including their dangerousness, their ability to think and feel, the acceptance of humans eating the animal and the sense of protection it evoked.

These results are confirmed by the results of six studies conducted among 1662 people by Australian researchers. The latter explored the effect of attraction physical (Physics (from Greek φυσις, nature) is etymologically…) on our preferences for certain species, based on the fact that attractive people are more likely to be perceived as intelligent and competent than unattractive people. A phenomenon called attractiveness bias.

They also discovered that we attach greater moral value and purity to beauty, whether in people, animals, landscapes, or buildings. That is why we are more concerned with beautiful animals than with ugly animals, even the most dangerous ones.

Like children

One explanation sometimes given is that cute animals would remind us of human babies. A study published on this topic in 2014 suggested that animals with big eyes and soft facial features would trigger our parental instincts. Other researchers have concluded that the effect of facial appearance on cuteness is related to human interest in infants. Anthropozoologist James Serpell calls this the cute human response, which interprets the social behavior of animal companions in human terms.

However, not all beautiful animals are cute. For example, the monarch butterfly is considered beautiful but not evocative reflex (The reflex generally involves the integration of the properties of a center…) parents…

The Bambi effect

The second explanation is called the Bambi effect: an objection to death (Death is the final state of a biological organism that ceases to live (although…) of animals perceived as cute or adorable. The term is obviously inspired by the filmanimation (Animation consists of giving the illusion of movement by means of a sequence of images. These images…) of disney waltz (Walter Elias Disney aka Walt (born December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois – died December 15…) from 1942, when the mother of the young peacock is killed by the hunter, leaving him alone and vulnerable. It is by virtue of this effect that groups of friends of animals sometimes come to oppose organizations that manage wildlife, at the risk of harming the rest of the ecosystem. For example, opponents ofeuthanasia (Originally euthanasia (gr: ευθανασία…) deer from Park (A park is a closed natural area,[1] formed by forests or meadows in which was…) Michel-Chartrand in Longueuil seems to forget that their too big number (The concept of number in linguistics is dealt with in the article “Number…) threatens the habitat.

A study on the protection of koalas published in 2008 alluded to the Bambi effect, suggesting that to help the most aggressive and hostile wild animals become more loved, “sweeter” cartoons should be made for them.

IN biology (Biology, commonly called “bio”, is the science of life…)we speak beautiful (Named in honor of inventor Alexander Graham Bell, bel is the unit of…) and many charismatic megafauna or charismatic species. The first term essentially refers to large mammals such as e.g lion (The lion (Panthera leo) is a carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family of the genus…)I’elephant (Elephantidae (Elephantidae) constitute the only family of mammals in the order…) ofAfrica (With an area of ​​30,221,532 km2 including the islands,…)that Humpback whale (the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), humpback or jubarte is a…) where is giant panda (The Giant Panda (大熊猫 in Pinyin Daxióngmāo: 大 da…), all of whom possess some human characteristics—real or perceived—such as intelligence. The authors of a review on the use of the term in science (Science (Latin scientia, “knowledge”) is, according to the dictionary…) -and within species conservation- assess that the charismatic potential of these species seems to be one setting (A parameter is, in a broad sense, an element of information to be taken into account…) crucial i definition (A definition is a discourse that says what a thing is or what a name means. Therefore…) of a conservation program and its promotion.


Studies, not surprisingly, agree that we are sensitive to beauty. We attribute greater purity and morality to “cute” animals, going so far as to ascribe them feelings, which in turn evokes a desire for protection. In other words, it is better to be beautiful if you are an animal who wants to arouse sympathy and attract funding. The deer of Longueuil could testify to this if they could speak.

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