Why should we behave better towards animals than they do towards each other?

We have a duty to act morally towards others regardless of how anyone else behaves. For example, the institution of slavery in the United States was not in any way justified by the fact that rival African tribes routinely conquered and enslaved one another.

Also, it should be mentioned that the way in which humans currently behave towards animals is actually far worse than the way in which animals behave towards each other.


Follow up questions:

Should we try to prevent other animals from killing and eating each other?

What do you think about the phrase "survival of the fittest"?

Why do you say that humans behave far worst towards animals than animals do towards each other?


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