Need for Candidates
Ending animal abuse, exploitation, and slaughter in the U.S. will require election of Humane Party candidates to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Presidency. Specifically, the HP must win at least:
- 51 seats in the Senate (majority)
- 218 seats in the House of Representatives (majority)
- 1 seat in the White House (President)
Achieving these numbers will, therefore, require victories in over 250 individual elections for federal office, which, in turn, will require HP candidates running in thousands of elections through the coming years and decades.
Becoming a Candidate
A person who may want to run for office as a Humane Party candidate should review the qualifications for candidacy, most notably:
- meeting the legal requirements, such as age and citizenship requirements, for the federal office itself
- executing the Humane Party Oath
If a person meets these qualifications, he or she should contact the Humane Party via the volunteer form on the Humane Party’s main website. Our country needs you to run—and win!
While the Humane Party does its utmost to provide assistance to each HP candidate and to ensure that each campaign adheres to the core values that brought the HP together, the candidate’s campaign organization is separate from the HP. HP candidates are free to conduct their campaigns and manage their campaign organizations as they see fit.
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The Humane Party Oath comprehends a range of professional and personal duties, including those of loyalty, diligence, and care for the well-being of others. The Humane Party Oath reflects the influence and inspiration of other oaths that are widely used and respected in our culture.
For example, the first two sections of the Humane Party Oath closely parallel the oath that each U.S. President must take, which is prescribed in the U.S. Constitution. These sections deal primarily with loyalty to the people and nation of the United States of America.
The third section of the Humane Party Oath addresses duties pertaining to professional behavior, such as the duty to remain scientifically informed and to remain accountable for one’s own decisions. This section is comparable to the professionalism-related sections of the Hippocratic Oath, which has long been taken by physicians in some form.
Other portions of the Humane Party Oath reflect the inspiration of oaths that attorneys must take, which vary from state to state, and of the oath taken by U.S. federal employees.
Certain portions of the Humane Party Oath reflect the Humane Party’s unique position of leadership in the field of ethics; these portions have essentially no precedent in the other oaths described above. For instance, the fifth section of the Humane Party Oath includes a personal, ethical commitment to lead a vegan, cruelty-free life. The sixth section applies this ethical commitment to the political arena.
However, while the Humane Party Oath breaks new ground vis-a-vis other oaths, the Oath is not without precedent in the general field of ethics. For instance, the Humane Party Oath can be regarded as articulating the maxim of primum non nocere—“First, do no harm”—in modern oath form.
National / Federal. Many solutions to the problems facing the United States today can only be addressed at the federal level. Accordingly, the Humane Party focuses primarily on electing a:
- Humane Party candidate to the office of U.S. President
- Humane Party majority in the U.S. Senate
- Humane Party majority in the U.S. House of Representatives
The HP’s focus on the federal level is not exclusive, however. The HP also seeks state and local executive offices and legislative majorities.
On World Vegan Day, 2015, the Humane Party nominated Clifton Roberts as its first-ever candidate for U.S. President. Roberts’ acceptance speech is available at the following URL:
Roberts has over two decades of corporate organizational experience in industries ranging from health care to financial services. He currently serves as Ethics and Legal Compliance Manager for the world’s largest semiconductor producer.
Roberts, who has been a vegan for over eighteen years, recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Party, where he became known as a visionary in the areas of social justice, environmentalism, and animal rights. During this tenure, Roberts established the Humane Party’s current conference structure and finalized proposals for ground-breaking legislation, including three proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution:
- American Primate Emancipation (“APE”) Amendment, which abolishes slavery with respect to all primates
- Equal Rights Amendment II, which guarantees equality under the law regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender, or choice of spouse or partner
- Democracy Amendment, which replaces the Electoral College system with democratic election of the U.S. President
Roberts, a United States citizen, was born at Yukota Air Force Base in Japan. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and currently resides in Sacramento, California. Announcement of Roberts’ candidacy coincides with the 2015 “World Vegan Day” celebration, which commemorates Donald Watson’s coining of the term “vegan” in 1944.
Additional information on Clifton Roberts and his vision for a prosperous, sustainable, and cruelty-free economy is being made available through the official website for his 2016 Presidential campaign (www.cliftonroberts.org).