Do animals have a moral code or some level of social responsibility amongst themselves?

  • Scientific evidence suggests that some animals possess a moral code, some even having similar feelings of love, justice, and pride.

    Scientific evidence suggests that some animals possess a moral code, some even having similar feelings of love, justice, and pride. Dolphins name each other and some bonobo chimpanzees can even speak to humans not only through electronics but with the English language. Elephants hold "funerals" and mourn the death of another like we do.


  • Dogs know when they've done wrong.

    When conditioned to a specific environment, pets will often hide from their keepers when it has been discovered that they have done wrong. They seem to understand that the keeper is furious, and why. The hiding displayed will continue until 'judgment has been served', whereupon they will act as if nothing happened.

    Pets craving attention will make 'begging' / whimpering sounds akin to an animal in distress. Is that because they know how they feel when another animal is begging, and deploy this as a tactic to manipulate the keeper? When a pack animal submits to the leader, similar behaviour?

  • Animals take responsibility

    Whenever a dog does something it knows it shouldn't, it shows that it did it in some way or another. The other day, my dog when through the trash and you could tell he did it just by the look on his face. You can't tell me that's just coincidence!

  • you can't decide the moral code based on the intelligence of ANY LIVING BEING

    Humans just happened to be superior in terms of intelligence doesn't makes them that they are the only one who understand morality. Morality is fundamental and can be seen in most of the animals. Alas! we are not intelligent enough to understand the language of animals it would have been much easier. Anyways, my point being there is always "some-level of morality in animals" some animals have better understanding of it some don't. But you can't just bluntly say they don't have any sense of morality.
    If they dont' have any moral -level then explain me why
    -sparrow feeding her kids
    -dogs being loyal
    -ants being social
    -countless list

  • Many animals have basic pack instincts and structures that they follow, which can equate to a moral or social responsibility.

    When you look at most animals in the wild and study them in their natural habitats, you will find them acting in very human ways, such as in the way that they handle their young, their elderly, and how leadership is handled. This can quite easily be translated into a moral or social responsibility, much like humans exhibit.

    Posted by: ObedientMervin
  • Most animals do have a moral code, as a result of their herd mentality, which dictates that all of them do what is best for the preservation of their herd.

    As a horse owner, I can tell you that I have personally witnessed the moral code/social responsibility in a herd. A horse that tries to shake up the ranks or generally interferes with the peace and well-being of the herd is shunned or shut out. Herd animals especially appreciate the need for a group mentality, one that generates the sense that they are far stronger in numbers than any single animal would be alone. And, as a result, they do adhere to a certain social responsibility.

    Posted by: ToughEfrain26
  • Some animals have moral codes or responsibilities, as this has been seen in various species, such as lions.

    Many animals also have types of moral codes or responsibilities. In a group of lions, for example, there are certain codes related to status and the leader of the group. Furthermore, there are different responsibilities in the group, based on a lion's status and gender. While they naturally have no written law or code, one still exists.

    Posted by: EminentBennett93
  • I agree that animal have a moral code or social responsibility among themselves, because it is evident from their behavior.

    Quite often, I have seen situations where a sick animal is being accompanied by another animal, and also situations where a dog or cat is babysitting a child. Also, most of the animals, even in the wild, move in a group and try to be a close family. They also attack predators together. They also share common resources, like food and water.

    Posted by: GroovyMohammad73
  • Yes, I agree animals do have a level of social responsibility amongst themselves, as can be witnessed in their natural habitat.

    I believe that animals do have some sort of social responsibility amongst themselves. We sometimes see the female animal take care of the baby, and the male animal hunt for food. We see them interact with one another, and they communicate in their special way. So, they might just live in a society very different from the human race's.

    Posted by: StripperMor
  • The majority of animals do what is best for their group.

    This is a tricky question. As with people, animals vary vastly. Some species are "loners", but for the most part an animal will display a certain loyalty to their own group. Whether this is a moral code or self preservation is as debatable as any moral a human will exhibit.

    Posted by: Ia2Cist
  • Animals are animals with animal instincts. The aggressive ones will sometimes attack and kill the more submissive ones.

    Anyone around a pack of dogs will see that sometimes the alpha ( leader ) will kill a challenger that tries to claim leadership of the pack. Cats will kill mice. Dogs will kill rats. Animals will attack and kill each other. They do not have a social agreement between themselves like humans do.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • Animals were created by God and were intentionally made lower than man. They do not possess the capability to think and reason like man does so they can not have social responsibility like humans.

    Animals were created by God to be lower than humans. They do not possess the ability to think and reason like human beings do. Therefore they can not live according to a logical moral code or have orderly social responsibility amongst themselves. That requires thinking capacity beyond what they have. Plus they don't possess the communication skills that humans have so they are very limited.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • I disagree that animals are aware of morals or social responsibilities and are instead driven by instinct.

    I believe that animals do not have any sense of morals or social responsibilities, because it is their main goal in life to mate and reproduce in order to carry on their species. Animals are driven purely by instinct, and in order to have a moral code, they would have to have a conscience, which I do not believe they possess.

    Posted by: babeb00
  • No, Animals are not sentient beings and do not have any moral or social responsibility.

    While many people believe animals have a degree of social business, I do not believe they do. Animals are purely instinctive. They do not carry a moral compass, but rely on natural instinct to survive. It is not social intelligence that makes an animal playful, but it is more instinctive. Only humans truly have a social and moral responsibility that can be measured in my view.

    Posted by: D Callahan
  • A Moral Code?

    How can animals have a moral code? What is a moral code? Knowing right from wrong? After all, who knows what is right or wrong exactly? It is only your personal definition, so ... do moral codes actually exist? and if so, the moral code of animals may be vastly different from ours!

  • Animals have no moral code or ethics, because they live by instincts alone, and any behavior that looks moral is merely a way to propagate genes.

    I believe that any animal behavior can be easily explained by the need to propagate its genes, and assure the survival of its species. Some animals have behaviors that may look like they're socially aware, like monkeys sharing food. But it's often justified by the need of becoming accepted in a group in order to mate.

    Posted by: QuickestBart81

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