Non-human animals can act morally by acting on the basis of moral emotions such as concern without being morally responsible in the sense of deserving praise or blame. They can unconsciously select from different motivations and so have the requisite control over their behavior for moral normativity yet lack awareness of their reasons as reasons and so lack the self-reflection and understanding required for full moral responsibility. This is an alternative to Mark Rowlands’ compatibilist construal of non-human animals as moral subjects.
Schrynemakers, Sabina M.
"Animal Morality: Control Without Reflective Self-Awareness,"
Between the Species:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol25/iss1/6