Are people these days less likely to help a stranger in need?

A new survey suggests that people in Britain are more likely to come to the aid of a pet than a man or a teenager. This comes as two high profile stories are in the news in which bystanders have failed to get involved when others have been in danger. An epileptic woman has spoken out after two strangers refused to help her during a fit but instead laughed and filmed her on their mobile phones. And in CCTV images released by British Transport Police a small child in a pushchair is seen rolling onto the tracks at a London Underground station while a man stands on the platform appears to do nothing and shows very little interest in what's happening.

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