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 “humane”? The Three-Yes Test.

Introducing the Three-Yes Test

The meat, dairy, egg, and other animal-exploitation industries—as well as the political parties that work for these industries—have spent decades debasing the word “humane” through oxymorons such as the “Humane Slaughter Act”.  It’s time to reclaim and restore the word “humane” to its basic meaning.

The Humane Party has developed the Three-Yes Test as an easy way for people to sort out false from true uses of the word “humane”.  For a product to be actually humane, the answer to all three of these questions must be “yes”:

  • Is the product itself vegan?

  • Was the process used to create the product free from exploitation (of humans and all other animals)?

  • Will the impact—both of the product itself and of the processes used to make, distribute, and market the product—be ecosystem-neutral, before, during, and after use of the product?

If a product fails any of these criteria, use of the word “humane” to describe that product is disingenuous.

This entry, like the Humane Party FAQ generally, is a work-in-progress and will be continually updated to address additional issues as they arise.  In the meantime, please fee free to share one of the images below to help take back the word “humane.”

Why didn’t the Humane Party stick with “the Vegan Party” as its formal name?

"I'm vegan, and I vote!" image from 2009

During the earliest days of the entity now called the Humane Party, this organization had three alternate names: the “Vegan Party”, the “Abolition Party”, and the “Humane Party”.  All three of these names are now, always have been, and always will be accurate ways to refer to the Humane Party.

For example, the Humane Party is indeed the Vegan Party, because it is the first (and currently only) U.S. political party that requires all candidates, officers, and board members to be vegan. Moreover, the Humane party is indeed the Abolition Party, because it is the first (and currently only) U.S. political party committed to abolition of slavery.

Notwithstanding the accuracy of all three names, the Humane Party eventually chose the “Humane Party” name as its formal name because the word “humane” encompasses many concerns that fall outside of the commonly understood scope of the word “vegan” or the word “abolition”. For instance, the Humane Party’s leadership in areas such as civil rights, health care, economic development, and national security falls more comfortably within the generally recognized ambit of the word “humane” than that of the other two choices.

"I'm vegan, and I vote!" image from 2009
“I’m vegan, and I vote!” image from 2009

What is the Abolition Amendment?

Abolition Amendment | Final Draft | December 6 2016

The Abolition Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution.  Upon ratification, the Abolition Amendment will abolish slavery with respect to all animals, thereby putting an immediate end to the meat, dairy, egg, and other exploitation- and killing-based industries.  In so doing, the Abolition Amendment represents the fruit of decades of labor by animal rights activists, environmentalists, and vegan advocates in the U.S.

The final version of the Abolition Amendment was published on Abolition Day, December 6, 2016.  The full text of the Abolition Amendment appears in the following image.

Abolition Amendment | Final Draft | December 6 2016
Abolition Amendment | Final Draft | December 6 2016

Who was the Humane Party candidate in the 2016 race for U.S. President?

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).