All Animals Are Equal:
General Bioethics — By Joe Carter on July 25, 2005 at 2:24 am
As a species, we homo sapiens are remarkably self-centered and ungrateful. Our monkey ancestors spent millennia mutating and surviving in order that we might reach the top of the food chain. Yet having reached the pinnacle of the evolutionary ladder how do we show our appreciation? By snubbing our primate forebears and treating them as if they were mere animals.
Take, for example, the reaction to cutting-edge experiments in which scientists inject human brain cells into monkey fetuses in order to study the effects. The critics of such procedures argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects that science will be thrown into an ‘