What is the ‘Ethical Commons’ program?

Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party

The Humane Party’s “Ethical Commons” program is a means whereby the HP helps foster the growth of other ethics- and science-based organizations and political parties in other countries.  Through this program, the HP allows anyone anywhere—without prior notice to and without prior, express, written consent of the HP—to freely copy, translate, modify, and re-use the following HP written literature under the following conditions:

  • the derivative use is of one or more of the following pieces of HP literature (text only, not HP-associated images or trade names)
    • Humane Party Platform
    • Humane Party Oath
    • Humane Party Vision, Values, Mission, and Goals Statements
    • proposed legislation (e.g., Abolition Amendment)
  • the actual and apparent intent of the derivative use must be to protect and, ultimately, liberate other animals
  • the derivative use does not state or imply that the Humane Party endorses or is associated with any particular party, organization, candidate, or other person or entity
  • the derivative use may credit or thank the HP but does not otherwise include the Humane Party name or any HP logo, motto, slogan, or other HP trademarks

Any uses of HP-owned intellectual property not meeting the above still require express, prior written consent of the HP.

Please feel free to take advantage of the Ethical Commons program so as to accelerate the founding and growth of your organization.

Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party
Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party (2010)

What is the APE Amendment?

APE Amendment

APE Amendment image by Christopher Censullo
APE Amendment image by Christopher Censullo

The American Primate Emancipation Amendment—or simply the “APE” Amendment, for short—is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The effect of the APE Amendment is to:

  • abolish slavery with respect to all primates in the United States of America
  • recognize habeas corpus mechanism for protecting the rights of all primates
  • recognize guardian ad litem mechanism for protecting the rights of all primates
  • eliminate the 13th Amendment’s exception for criminal cases

The text of the APE Amendment is modeled on that of the 13th Amendment. After years of development by the Humane Party legal team, versions of the APE Amendment text were subjected to three separate periods for public comment during 2015. After all public comments had been reviewed and final revisions made, the final version of the APE Amendment was signed into its current form by Clifton Roberts, then serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Party, on October 19, 2015.

The final text of the APE Amendment was published on the first annual American Abolition Day, December 6, 2015.

The full text of the American Primate Emancipation Amendment reads as follows:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude of any primate shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall be available to ensure the rights of all primates.
Section 3. Every primate who does not have a guardian shall be provided a guardian ad litem when necessary to protect the primate’s rights.
Section 4. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

How can I volunteer for, work for, and otherwise participate with the Humane Party?  

VOLUNTEER:  To volunteer for the Humane Party, simply submit the volunteer application. Another Humane Party volunteer will contact you soon thereafter.

JOBS / EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  The Humane Party does not have any paid employees; the HP is an all-volunteer organization.

STUDENT INTERNSHIPS / EXTERNSHIPS:  Law students are encouraged to contact the Humane Party regarding legal internships / externships.

PARTICIPATE:  Humane Party supporters can help by spreading the word about the U.S.’s first—and currently only—animal rights party whenever the opportunity arises.  Let others know that there is now an American political party that shares their values.