Some animals commit cruel or disgusting acts humans would consider immoral. What does this mean?

Some pro-evolution scientists seem to take particular pleasure in pointing out the sins committed by animals.  Examples abound: some commit cannibalism and infanticide, engage in open homosexual acts, cheat on their spouses, steal, and deceive their neighbors – essentially breaking most if not all of the Ten Commandments.  Evolutionists are usually quick with Darwinian explanations for how these acts increase survival of the fittest, but generally fall short of advising that humans should follow their examples.  Here are some recent instances in the news:

Lion cannibalism:  The BBC News addressed the question of cannibalism and infanticide among lions and other animals.  Anna-Louise Taylor offered several evolutionary explanations for why killing or eating one’s own offspring, or the offspring of a rival, “can benefit animals.”  For instance, males can beat their rivals by killing the young of another.  Females can allocate limited resources to the best offspring.  Both males and females might survive if food is scarce by eating their young.  “Although this act of cannibalism is difficult to comprehend in a human context, when meat is scarce, in the natural world it can make all the difference to whether other members of a family survive,” she said.

Bird cheating:  There have been Christians who have pointed to certain birds that mate for life as lovey-dovey natural object lessons of the virtues of marital faithfulness.  Some evolutionists have responded by chirping about other bird species that are either promiscuous or cheat on their assumed faithful partners.  The fact is, some animals are monogamous, but many others are not, so it’s not reasonable to pick and choose any one as an example for humans….

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