Human–Pet Dynamics in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Anthrozoös Vol/Iss. 24 Taylor and Francis Ltd Published In Pages: 17-30
By Gray, Peter B., Young, Sharon M.


Human investment in pets will sacrifice their reproductive success on behalf of pets.


The research explores whether human investment in pets could go against the evolutionary theory, since it states that humans will not sacrifice their own fitness for others. After studying the challenge of altruism across species, the results show that human-pet interactions do not challenge the evolutionary theory.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Percentage comparisonsNot supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Cost in resources of human-pet relationshipsDependentDomesticated Animals