How does the Sixth Commandment change in Animal Farm?

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The Sixth Commandment created by the animals of Animal Farm states that

No animal shall kill any other animal.

However, this commandment is soon broken. Napoleon attempts to have Snowball killed in Chapter V when he orders his nine canine bodyguards to attack his opponent, but Snowball manages to escape the vicious dogs. In Chapters VI and VII, the chickens are forced to turn over their eggs for sale to the humans--an act they consider murder, but in Chapter VII, the first brutal killings actually occur. When several hens admit to being supporters of Snowball, they are "slaughtered." One sheep admits to "urinating" in the drinking water; two more admit to killing an old ram;

They were all slain on the spot.

More executions are administered, leaving "a pile of corpses" at Napoleon's feet. A few days later, the Sixth Commandment had been changed. It now read

"No animal shall kill any other animal without cause."

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