The Institute for Compassionate Conservation (ICC) is a multi-institutional organization founded on the belief that the health and wellbeing of all living things are interconnected and consideration of the wellbeing of all is vital to protecting the ecological, psychological, and economic resilience of our world. ICC holds that for all other animals, just as for humans, physical health is intertwined with psychological health, and social environment matters. Reasonable challenges and positive emotions are not mere privileges, but are essential to animals being alive. Like humans, all animals want to learn about and hold sway over their lives. ICC recognizes that people are increasingly concerned about the threats to wild animals and are looking for ways to mobilize change in their own lives and on behalf of other species.
ICC believes that learning is an ongoing process, not limited to post-secondary institutions, and aims to provide opportunities for growth at professional, personal and programmatic levels through the development of a responsive accreditation process.
We envision a compassionate world where humanity has evolved to inherently value wild animals living their own sentient lives, without subjugation.
To realize a shift in the worldview of the dominant ethics, practices, policies that are failing wild animals by not applying the principles of compassionate conservation.
Principles of Compassionate Conservation:
Help, or do no harm: All harms to wild animals should be eliminated and minimized wherever and to the extent possible regardless of the human intention and purpose behind them.
Individuals matter: Science demonstrates that animals are sentient, have individual emotional lives and are important to the communities in which they live. The variation of individuals is also important for the health of their communities.
Good labels, or no labels: Labels used to categorize animals often belie their intrinsic value, affecting the way we consider them. Categorization, such as “pest”, “over abundant” or “invasive, for example, devalues animals, and leads to unacceptable, inhumane treatment.
Co-existence: Adopting human behaviours that promote the sharing of space, and respect animal wildness.