Primates Argumentative Essay

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Did humans evolve from monkeys? That could be considered the most controversial question of all times and to some a question that will never be objectively answered. Charles Darwin and many evolutionists believe that the closest genetic composition of human beings is that of primates. Early scientists insist that the hairy four legged apes are the ancient cousins of man who never evolved into modern day man. The human fascination with monkeys, apes, and chimpanzees has captivated Americans for decades, whether it is their incredible knack to mimic our actions or the subtleties of their behavior; it is hard to deny the human interest in them. Some people may say that primates have a definite understanding of the language that humans speak …show more content…
Undoubtedly the composition of primates and human beings are closely matched, but does this match give humans permission to run experiments that may harm the subjects that voluntarily or involuntarily consent to the research. Many would already have a problem because a primate cannot give consent or permission to anything. Then there are others who believe that God provided mankind dominion over all animals and creatures of the earth. Some people, who believe in divine domain, think humans are able to conduct any experiment or research necessary for the good of society as a whole. So if primates are considered genetically close to humans; do they deserve the same moral and ethical treatment that humans enjoy? At one point in history African Americans were not classified as human beings at all, they were considered property. It is not such a far stretch when some individuals are unable to extend common courtesy to others they believe are not human beings. One can only present the two sides of the conflict and maybe then each individual can draw their own conclusion to this very debatable topic. Harry Harlow, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin decided to conduct controlled experiments in a laboratory with monkeys. On the other hand, Robert Sapolsky opted for observation of baboons in their

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