Justice in Animals

Do Animals Understand Justice?

Listen to and watch media about justice in animals and consider key related questions.

Introduction

Researchers have studied animals’ sense of justice. Familiarize yourself with this research by reviewing the resources below, then consider what implications these findings may have for our own sense of justice. Reflect on the questions below.
 

  • Is our human sense of justice innate? 
     

  • Is it independent of human culture and personal experience? 
     

  • Is it an evolved trait? 
     

  • Where does it come from?

"Do Animals Have Morals?" TED Radio Hour Interview with Frans de Waal

This 13-minute audio segment features an interview with Frans de Waal, a scientist who conducted some of the groundbreaking animal studies on justice and morality.

"Moral Behavior in Animals" TED Talk with
Frans de Waal

In this 16-minute TED talk video from November 2011, Frans de Waal presents his research.

Note: The video contains mildly graphic content that may be inappropriate for young audiences.

Moral behavior in animals

Frans de Waal  | TEDxPeachtree

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