Edwin Rutsch & Marc Bekoff: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion

E. I’m looking at How do we build a culture of empathy and compassion in the largest sence? It seems that looking at how do we have empathy and compassion for animals is a part of that. Do you have thoughts about How we can go about building a culture of empathy?

Marc: I think about that a lot, in fact a book that I just sent off that will be out next year called, “Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation”. I see a lots of ways that we can build a culture of empathy, and given my own interests I see “Compassionate Conservation” as being almost like a social movement. It’s acting like a collective, people with common interests to pursue them and to pursue them and act on their feelings of empathy, if you will. It’s really hard to find people who don’t empathize with animals or care about animals.
explain to people – show them by example how empathy and compassion can be cased out in terms of actions for animals.