Applying the Golden Rule to All Animals
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By Craig Cline



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We humans consider ourselves to be humanitarians. We willingly
deal with the needs of mankind in general and the alleviation of
human suffering in particular.

Notably, the word “humane” is derived from the root word human.
When we act humanely, we exhibit the good qualities of humans, such
as compassion, kindness, benevolence, and mercy.

Our Golden Rule comes to mind. Here’s an expanded version of “the
rule” we can use:

“Do for others, either directly or indirectly, what you would
want done for you;” and “Don’t do to others, either directly or
indirectly, what you wouldn’t want done to you.”

The word “others” is commonly taken to mean other humans,
regardless of their color, creed, religion, national origin, and so
on.

Let’s take a big step forward, as “humane humans,” and see that
the word “others” can and should include ALL members of what we call
the animal kingdom — scientifically known as Animalia — beyond only
the human component of that kingdom.

Common sense holds that our animal “others” would — if they only
could — implore us fellow beings to save them from being victims of
human-imposed cruelty, abuse, pain, suffering, and premature death.

Logic also holds that since we humans wouldn’t normally willingly
suffer any such abusive afflictions, we should therefore not impose
them upon our non-human counterparts.

If we do, whether we cause the afflictions directly or
indirectly, we are violating the deeply compassionate compassionate
spirit of the Golden Rule.

Historically, humans have leaned on the presumption that “Man”
has dominion over the non-human animals. They are at our mercy. But
we besmirch our own Golden Rule when we make choices which are —
from their perspective — merciless.

Humane humans refuse to “do wrong,” in any way, to any animals.
The fact is, we don’t have to participate in wrongful acts. We can —
we should — choose to abandon them.

We can follow our innate sense of compassion. We can apply The
Golden Rule to all “sentient someones.”

The people who’ve most broadly expanded their Golden-Rule-based
horizons are those who’ve become vegans. These humane humans live by
“The GR” every day, expanding its application to ALL of us. We’re
all animals — we’re just in different forms.

Let’s expand our vision. Let’s open our eyes to see all the
“animal wrongs” we humans inflict on countless other animals.

Let’s live Golden-Rule-guided lives — so we can each help put an
end to those wrongs.


Craig Cline is an advocate for all animals — both humans and
nonhumans alike.

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