Animal issues vs People issues

Anybody notice that whenever a story goes up in the local newspapers, if it's about pets or other animals, they tend to draw a lot of discussion, but if it's about people (either high achievers, sportsmen, etc.) they almost always draw zero to minimal comment?

Why is that?

Do people find animals fundamentally more discussion-worthy than other human beings and their accomplishments? Is this a sign of societal disconnect?

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