Abolition Amendment

Abolition Amendment | Ful Text

The Abolition Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. Upon ratification, the Abolition Amendment will abolish the property status of all animals within the jurisdiction of the United States of America, thereby putting an immediate end to the meat, dairy, egg, fur, vivisection, and other exploitation- and killing-based industries.

The full text of the Abolition Amendment, published on Abolition Day (Dec. 6), 2016, after years of development and almost a year of public comment, appears in the following graphic.

Abolition Amendment | Ful Text
Abolition Amendment | Ful Text – image by Chris Censullo

The full text is also provided in text form below.

The Abolition Amendment:
A Proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude of any animal shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall, within two years of ratification hereof, establish a system whereby the writ of habeas corpus shall be available to ensure the rights of any animal or group of animals.

Section 3. Congress shall, within two years of ratification hereof, establish a system whereby every animal or group of animals who does not have a guardian shall be provided a guardian ad litem when necessary to protect the rights of the animal or group. Neither biological, behavioral, nor situational differences between potential members of a group shall preclude or hinder their inclusion in a group. Neither birth, entry, departure, death, nor other change of members of a group shall require reauthorization of the group’s guardian or recertification of the group. Any natural person, legally present in a U.S. jurisdiction and willing to serve diligently, competently, and faithfully as such guardian, shall have standing to petition a court of competent jurisdiction that such guardian be assigned. The petitioner may but need not be the person ultimately selected by such court to serve as such guardian.

Section 4. Congress may modify the definition of “animal” for the purposes of this article to accord with advances in science, except that in no event shall this definition exclude any organism with an observable capacity to fear, grieve, or experience pain. An organism’s possession of a central nervous system shall be sufficient, but not necessary, proof of such capacity.

Section 5. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.