2012 Platform

Humane Party Platform – 2012

The Humane Party has adopted the following simple set of resolutions as the Humane Party’s 2012 platform. We have:

  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted so as to require balanced federal, state, and territorial budgets, subject to narrowly tailored exceptions.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted so as to ensure equality under federal, state, and territorial law, such equality including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, and marriage equality.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to end inhumane and fiscally unsound criminal trial, sentencing, and incarceration systems and practices, such legislation including but not limited to repeal of so-called “Three Strikes” laws and other inhumane mandatory sentencing laws.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to:
    1. Discontinue non-emergency use of toxic, hazardous, and economically untenable fuels and energy production methods, such fuels and methods including but not limited to “fossil” fuels and nuclear fission;
    2. Replace such fuels and methods with alternatives that serve the nation’s immediate and long-term economic and national security interests; and, to the degree possible,
    3. Remedy, both independently from and in concert with the international community, the harms heretofore caused by such fuels and methods.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to eliminate:
    1. Both domestic and foreign trade in sentient beings, regardless of species;
    2. Exploitation, torture, mutilation, and slaughter of such beings;
    3. Both domestic and foreign trade in products resulting from or obtained by way of such practices; and
    4. Services that include or are provided by way of such practices.
  • RESOLVED that we explicitly recognize, as we have recognized since the founding of the Humane Party, both the scientific reality that animals are thinking, feeling beings and the ethical reality that no animal can be owned by another. In accord with the foregoing, we have further:
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to:
    1. Abolish the property status of (“emancipate”) other animals by either
      1. Explicitly recognizing all other animals as fully protected individuals under the 13th Amendment’s prohibition of slavery or
      2. Ratifying a new Constitutional amendment emancipating all other animals; and
    2. Grant legal standing and personhood to all other animals, such that an animal’s rights may be enforceable through a duly authorized legal guardian.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to:
    1. Defend the nation’s remaining water resources against, inter alia, further contamination and depletion;
    2. Preserve the remaining ecosystems of which the nation is a part;
    3. Protect the remaining species who inhabit such ecosystems; and, to the degree possible,
    4. Revitalize such ecosystems.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to establish the nation’s international leadership in education, scholarship, and professional development.
  • RESOLVED that the Humane Party will endorse only those candidates for public office who have committed to:
    1. Lead their lives in accord with humane values;
    2. Pursue and achieve those political and legal solutions that accord with such values; and
    3. Oppose and defeat all proposed courses of action that would, if followed, conflict with such values.

SO HAVE WE RESOLVED, on this day, October 24, 2012.

 

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