Corey Lee Wrenn argues that what is done to an animal should be judged in the same fashion as if the same thing were done to a human.
That Darwinism seems even superficially plausible depends completely on the ability of living things to reproduce themselves without significant degradation.
The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
It’s telling that one kind of evolution always seems to be missing from these “theories” about the evolutionary origins of religion.
There are many solid, trustworthy inferences in modern science, but there are those that are not very trustworthy at all.