Compassionate Conservation aims to challenge the traditional approaches to wildlife management by following the four guiding principles of compassionate conservation as outlined by Professor Marc Bekoff, –
“First do no harm” means not harming or killing other animals adopted from the core precept of medical bioethics, cautions that “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.”
Secondly – Individuals Matter, calls attention to the intrinsic values and interests of individuals in conservation research and practice.
Thirdly Value All Wildlife is a commitment to respect the intrinsic value of all species and to act to protect wildlife, and Peaceful Coexistence is the ultimate aim guiding compassionate conservation practices.
All in all, compassionate conservation can be viewed as a practical and evolved ethic for conservation.Incorporating a commitment to the protection of wildlife as individuals leads to more ethically defensible and also to better outcomes for populations.