HUMANE ATHEISTS is a group for people who are interested in trying to live a humane life by understanding the issues surrounding animal welfare.

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HUMANE ATHEISTS is for anyone interested in issues surrounding animal welfare and animal rights. You don't have to be a pet lover, a vegetarian, or an activist to join. You just have to like exploring new ideas and sharing information about the relationships between animals and people, and how we should or should not treat them.

I welcome posts on personal experiences, news and inspirational stories, action alerts, ethical questions, humane living options such as products and websites, and related topics.

I look forward to your contributions, and I hope that we can make HUMANE ATHEISTS one of the most active and vital groups on Atheist Nexus.

Animals in Translation, recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Blinders, recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
The Dog Who Rescues Cats, recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Dogs, recommended by Dallas Gaythiest
Earthlings (DVD), recommended by Sydni Moser and Luv Layne
For Bea, recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Fowl Play, recommended by Sacha
How to Speak Dog, recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Sharkwater (DVD), recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Why Dog Smile and Chimpanzees Cry (DVD), recommended by Dallas Gaytheist
Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think, recommended by Adrian Heguy


Discussion Forum

Dog Rides Bus Alone to Dog Park - Video

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Jan 15. 3 Replies

Pet Cat Rescues Boy from Vicious Dog Attack

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Luara May 14, 2014. 2 Replies

Jane Goodall Sets Chimp Free

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Pat Feb 20, 2014. 21 Replies

Going Undercover in an Industrial Slaughterhouse

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Mink Laubenthal Jan 12, 2014. 14 Replies

China Crushes Six Tons of Elephant Ivory

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Napoleon Bonaparte Jan 6, 2014. 1 Reply

Dog Mourns Death of Her Best Friend - A Beaver

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Dec 26, 2013. 4 Replies

Why are you interested in animal welfare issues?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Beverly Barnes Vokoun Dec 26, 2013. 18 Replies

Dog and Human Genomes Evolved Together

Started by A Former Member May 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Circus Elephant Shot in Drive By Shooting

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Dogly Apr 14, 2013. 7 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on November 3, 2011 at 8:45am

Animals that can Think: A photo slideshow at

Comment by A Former Member on October 25, 2011 at 1:45pm
Thanks Dogly.
Comment by Dogly on October 25, 2011 at 1:39pm
Florida Humane atheists - Adam Hasner, running for U.S. Senate wears ELEPHANT SKIN BOOTS.
Comment by Dogly on October 25, 2011 at 1:36pm
Thanks always, Dallas, for keeping us informed.  I wrote my note to protect the chimps.
Comment by A Former Member on October 25, 2011 at 11:08am

Urge Endangered Species Status for ALL Chimps

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created to protect ecosystems and animals at risk of extinction by restricting their trade and use, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is charged with upholding the integrity of this law. The agency is currently being challenged by groups including the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Jane Goodall Institute, regarding its controversial split-listing of chimpanzees, in which wild chimps are classified as endangered, while those in captivity are listed only as threatened. This lower classification has allowed the continued use and exploitation of captive chimpanzees in research and entertainment.

Today, approximately 2,000 chimpanzees live in captivity in the U.S., half of whom are privately owned either as pets or as part of the entertainment industry, while the other half are used in research, most of it government funded. Amplifying the suffering associated with captivity, a study earlier this year found that "captivity itself may be fundamental as a causal factor in the presence of persistent, low-level, abnormal behavior—and potentially more extreme levels in some individuals." Thankfully, though, use of chimpanzees in research has been on the decline, and pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech have stopped using these animals to test their drugs, negating any justification to keep them laboratories. In fact, Genetech's Theresa Reynolds, Director of Drug Safety Assessment, said, "With advances in technology, chimps are no longer necessary" for developing high-tech drugs. With the exception of the African nation of Gabon, the U.S. is the only country still using chimpanzees in invasive research.

Highlighting another concern, studies have shown that the use of chimpanzees in entertainment contributes to the mistaken belief that chimps are not in danger of extinction, which undermines conservation efforts. Over the past two decades, wild chimpanzee populations have declined 60 percent, and today there are only 175,000-300,000 chimps left in the wild.

Because the ESA prohibits the harmful use of animals in danger of extinction, endangered species classification for all chimpanzees could help end the use of chimps in entertainment and research.

Your Urgent Action is NeededThe FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through the Federal Register. Please help to protect chimpanzees in the wild and captivity by asking the FWS to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered, recognizing the reality that all chimps need protection. The letter below can be used as a guide, or copy and paste the letter, adding your own personal thoughts and concerns to your comments. When you click on 'Submit your comments,' you will be redirected to the Federal Register website.


The deadline to comment is October 31.

Comment by Dogly on October 3, 2011 at 1:03pm
You misunderstand me.  I looked at the index of products and saw by their names that some were made from animals.  The company only brags that they are not tested on animals.  Steak is not tested on animals, either.
Comment by A Former Member on October 3, 2011 at 10:43am
The page won't come up for me right now, but that may just be bad grammer. I think the "not" is supposed to apply to the whole sentence. Not...made from animal parts and exudates. Perhaps they should have included an "or" after "...on animals, or made from..."
Comment by Dogly on October 3, 2011 at 10:31am
Dallas, This company uses animal ingredients.  I just checked the first page of the product index.  Not tested on animals , made from animal parts and exudates.
Comment by A Former Member on October 3, 2011 at 9:49am
Just this month, a brand new site called Cruelty Free Consumer, which sells only products from Leaping Bunny certified companies. The founder of the site, Julie Kirk, created it because she wanted to find information on cruelty-free shopping that she could trust and have one place where consumers could both easily shop and find alternatives to replace brands they were using.
"I believe in being responsible about the products you use and the companies you support. I truly love animals and I can't imagine the unnecessary terror they have to experience. I think it is important to make thoughtful choices and be socially conscious. It's our actions that will influence change." ~ Julie Kirk
Check out the website: Now through October 31, 2011, you can save 10% off your purchase! Enter code grandopening10% at checkout!

Comment by A Former Member on September 13, 2011 at 12:34pm

Can animals kill out of jealosy? I'm not so sure. What do you think?


Tiger in "love triangle" kills mate at Texas zoo


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