Needed: A New Golden Rule

Anyone who cares about wildlife will see the connections to our articles about dogs.  If our closest animal companion, the domestic dog, can be perceived as “equipment,” or brutalized beyond comprehension by dog fighters, you can imagine what happens to animals within the privacy of the forests by people who are acting within the law. We must ensure that a new ethic prevails at all levels of government.

Jim Robertson, author of Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport, expresses that need so well, he writes:

New Rule

Children the world over are taught a version of the golden rule, roughly along the lines of, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.“ Kids are generally told that this directive applies to everyone, from their parents and teachers to their siblings and friends—not just to members of their in-group. And a lot of parents wouldn‘t hesitate to invoke the golden rule to stop a child from hurting the family pet. Yet for many people, the bias of speciesism is so entrenched that they can‘t seem to recognize a wild animal as a deserving other. But biases and isms are not written in stone. If humanity keeps evolving along a compassion continuum, we will inevitably apply the same rules of consideration to all creatures who have the ability to think and feel.

Perhaps it’s time to update and clarify the golden rule to read: “Do unto other sentient beings as they would have you do unto them.”

If we live by a golden rule that includes all of the animal kingdom, we will never keep anyone captive, trap, poison or snare them or use them as living targets in a bloody, imbalanced game.

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