What is the Non-Militarization of Animals Treaty (“NMAT”)?

The Non-Militarization of Animals Treaty (“NMAT”) is a treaty proposed by the Humane Party, for agreement by and between any and all nations, to exclude, inter alia, (i) the use of animals in warfare, including as weapons, “living shields,” or intelligence gatherers; and (ii) the use of any drones or other machines which resemble animals.

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What is the Faunacide Convention?

The International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Faunacide (i.e., the “Faunacide Convention“) strengthens the protections of the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (i.e., the “Genocide Convention”) and extends those protections to all other sentient species.

The Genocide Convention was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and went into force in 1951.  The text of the Faunacide Convention is substantially identical to that of the Genocide Convention, except for the additional protections described in Sections 2 of the Faunacide Convention.

What is Civil Rights Day?

Civil Rights Day Is April 9

Civil Rights Day is an annual celebration established by the Humane Party in order to (i) commemorate past civil rights victories and (ii) promote further protection of civil rights in the United States.  Civil Rights Day is celebrated on April 9, which is the anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Can the Abolition Amendment be passed at the state level?

Yes.  State constitutions can be amended to abolish all forms of slavery within the given state’s jurisdiction even prior to the passage of the Abolition Amendment at the federal level.  That is, of course, exactly what happened in the case of human slavery, which had already been abolished in many states by the time the 13th Amendment was ratified.

To pass the Abolition Amendment at the state level, simply change the federal references to appropriate state references, such as:

Section 1.  Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude of any animal shall exist within the state of New York the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.  The state legislature Congress shall, within two years of ratification hereof, establish a system whereby the writ of habeas corpus shall be available to ensure the rights of any animal or group of animals…..

What should I wear when representing the Humane Party at a booth, table, presentation, or other in-person, public-outreach setting?

Outreach attire.  When representing the Humane Party at a booth or table, a panel or presentation, or other in-person, public-outreach setting, team members should wear “professional” attire.  Such attire would include, for instance, clothes that one would wear for a job interview (e.g., for males, a suit and tie).

Wearing a Humane Party button with one’s professional attire will provide the finishing touch.

What HP expenses do I need to report? Do I need to report travel expenses? In-kind contributions?

Any out-of-pocket expenditure made on behalf of the Humane Party (for example, a volunteer’s personal payment of a booth fee for a Humane Party booth) should be reported to the Humane Party as an “in-kind” contribution.  Such contributions will, in turn, be reported by the Humane Party to the appropriate governmental agency.

Exception: expenditures that fall under the “travel exception” (below) do not need to be reported:

  • Exempt Travel. An individual may spend up to $2,000 per calendar year on his or her own transportation expenses for party-related travel without making a contribution, and a volunteer may spend unlimited amounts for his or her normal subsistence expenses (food and lodging) while volunteering.

~ Federal Election Commission Guide, 100.79 and 116.5(b)(1).

After abolition, what will happen to those who try to re-enslave animals?

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserves certain powers to the states.  One of those reserved powers is, generally speaking, the area of criminal law.  The specifics of how a state deals with torture, mutilation, bestiality, kidnapping, molestation, infanticide, confinement, and killing of animals will, accordingly, be provided in the given state’s criminal law statutes.  Violators of those statutes will be criminally prosecuted.

In a post-abolition world, no sentient species will be excluded from protection against abuse, and no act of violence against or exploitation of an animal will be justifiable on a theory of ownership, property, contract, objectification, or instrumental use.  Recognized defenses, such as insanity and self-defense, will be unaffected by animal emancipation.

When cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals are emancipated, will their former captors be compensated for the “loss” of their “property”?

No.  The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay… any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”

What’s the best way for me to help the movement?

This chart provides a good breakdown of five different tiers of the animal-protection movement.  Find the one that’s right for you and then let the Humane Party know by submitting the volunteer application.

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