Striving to live peacefully with other animals with whom we share space, and into whose homes we've moved, is part of the process of "rewilding our hearts," and coming to appreciate other animals for whom they are and for what they want and need in our troubled world - to live in peace and safety. As Dr. Ramp and I note, "Peaceful coexistence with other animals and their homes, grounded in compassion, is needed in an increasingly human-dominated world if society is to preserve and conserve nature in holistic and humane ways."
The future and exciting challenges for compassionate conservation
These surely are exciting times for compassionate conservation, and for those who want to learn more about, and further the impact of, compassionate conservation, there will be a meeting at the University of British Columbia (Canada) from July 28-31, 2015. We hope all interested parties will attend and contribute to this most exciting, essential, challenging, and forward-looking endeavor.
A number of people have told me that the goals of compassionate conservation are very admirable, but unobtainable "in reality" (whatever that means). I totally disagree. They're only unobtainable if we continue to take the easy road in which self-centered human interests routinely and wantonly trump those of other animals and we refuse "to think out of the box."