It is so interesting seeing animals behave in ways that philosophers have always imagined to be strictly ‘human.’ This information may help end the sordid ways we treat other species, and our own.
An article from The New York TImes continues the discussion of morality in animals with their article on primate behavior. It also remarks that
chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days.
These animals sound even more moral than most humans I know.
Why do we have zoos again?
Sources and Resources for Morality in Animals:
TED talk: Moral Behavior in Animals
Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution
The New York Times: Scientists Find the Beginning of Morality in Primate Behavior
Biology and Philosophy: Wild Justice and Fair Play: Cooperation, Forgiveness, and Morality in Animals