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Humane Party Platform – 2013

The Humane Party has adopted the following simple set of resolutions as the Humane Party’s 2013 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 investigation, trial, sentencing, and incarceration systems and practices, such legislation including but not limited to:
      1. Repeal of so-called “Three Strikes” laws and other inhumane mandatory sentencing

    laws; and

    1. Elimination of the death penalty.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to:
    1. End 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 end:
    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 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 can be enforced 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

    1. Oppose and defeat all proposed courses of action that would, if followed, conflict with such values.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to allow humans, in appropriate cases of terminal, incurable and chronically painful illnesses, to exercise a right to die, including but not limited to a right to physicianassisted suicide.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken with regard to genetically modified organisms (“GMO”) so as to:
    1. Require mandatory labeling of all products or byproducts that are or contain GMO or that have been directly or indirectly in contact with or otherwise contaminated by GMO;
    2. Ban all GMO, all GMO products or byproducts, and all GMO-tainted items from the food supply, including but not limited to:
      1. all food for consumption by other animals, whether wild or domestic; and
      2. all food for consumption by humans without express, prior, written, informed consent of any voluntary human consumer;
    3. Impose strict liability on all parties whose conduct is causally related to any GMOrelated environmental or ecological alteration or impact, including but not limited to any instance of cross-pollination or cross-breeding between GMO and organisms that have not been genetically modified; and
    4. Protect individuals who wish to live GMO-free lives, landowners who wish to have GMO-free property, and businesses who wish to cultivate GMO-free crops from
      1. GMO related diseases, economic losses, and nuisances and
      2. harassment by GMO producers, suppliers, or users.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to establish zero-landfill waste management systems in all U.S. municipalities.
  • RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action be taken so as to modernize intellectual property and freedom-of-information laws, specifically, to:
    1. Harmonize copyright and trademark law with patent law such that
      1. private causes of action for infringement remain but
      2. criminal penalties that include possibility of incarceration are eliminated from copyright and trademark law altogether;

      and

    2. Guarantee free, immediate, and unrestricted public access to all information produced by or in collaboration with
      1. any governmental entity or
      2. any tax-exempt entity, including but not limited to any private academic institution that benefits from tax exemption, except upon a clear and convincing demonstration by the party in possession of such information that such access would present an immediate threat to national security.

SO WE HAVE RESOLVED on February 28, 2013, and this draft WE HAVE RATIFIED on April 1, 2013, with the intent for publication on Humane Party Platform Day, April 22, 2013.

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