Humans are indeed animals. As scientists research futher into the morality clause of humans they are finding that we are not alone. Most animals have the ability to tell right from wrong and have emotions.
Professor Marc Bekoff who works at the University of Colorado, Boulder believes that morals is ‘hard-wired’ into the brain of all mammals. Could it be that morals is how all animals are able to live together in groups.
Wolves are not known for their fairness when it comes to other species but as a group they work well together. Wolves will even ‘handicap’ themselves amongst their pack to give equal footing to others.
Chimpanzees are kinder to the members in their groups who are handicapped.
The Daily Mail quotes Bekoff:
‘The belief that humans have morality and animals don’t is a long-standing assumption, but there is a growing amount of evidence that is showing us that this simply cannot be the case,’ Prof Bekoff told the Sunday Telegraph.
‘Just as in humans, the moral nuances of a particular culture or group will be different from another, but they are certainly there.
‘Moral codes are species specific, so they can be difficult to compare with each other or with humans.’
Consider dogs. Humans have put a lot of faith in an animal that often are not considered capable of morals. Would you trust a non-moral human with helping your blind mother across the road?
Would you allow testing on your family pet similar to those being done on mice in the lab?
Ask yourself why. We know the truth. We see the truth in their trusting eyes. If an animal can trust how can we even think that they don’t have other emotions.
Primatologist Frans De Waal agrees with Bekoff:
De Waal argues that morality evolved to address a need: “in the course of human evolution, out group hostility enhanced in group solidarity to the point that morality emerged. This presents a “profound irony”: our noblest achievement-morality-as evolutionary ties to our basest behavior-warfare.