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

Why Is Your Dog Laughing?

Started by A Former Member Mar 24, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 12:53pm
Skye, I would not do that. 98% of the dogs I've picked up as strays did not have a collar and tags on, and some of them were clearly taken care of and belonged to someone. If your dog gets out or gets lost, that tag is the best way for him to get back home. The vast majority of people will take the time to call the number on a tag if they find a dog or cat.
Comment by skye AKA rembrandt on February 26, 2009 at 12:41pm
dude im wearing a collar and i can totally see why cats and dogs hate them im taking mine off my dog
Comment by A Former Member on February 25, 2009 at 1:30pm


Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!

A Petition to the United States Congress

I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.
Comment by A Former Member on February 23, 2009 at 8:40am
This was forwarded to me this morning. These kinds of polls are "unofficial", but if you want to vote, please do so.

Please be a voice for the elephants : PLEASE VOTE 'NO' Elephants DO NOT belong in circuses. They suffer terribly - please be a voice for them. SCROLL DOWN & VOTE, PLEASE.....THEN FORWARD TO THE WORLD.http://latimesblogs .latimes. com/unleashed/ 2009/02/ringling -bros...
Comment by A Former Member on February 18, 2009 at 2:19pm National Justice for Animals Week
Comment by A Former Member on February 18, 2009 at 10:16am

Soaring Victory for Montana Wolverines, Grizzlies and Lynx!

In the Fall of 2008, Defenders supporters in Montana helped keep noisy, polluting helicopters out of an area of northwestern Montana that “may be the single most important basin [watershed] for carnivores in the Rocky Mountains”[1].

The helicopters were to be used to service luxury ski vacationers in the Whitefish Range directly west of Glacier National Park. In winter, this remote and very snowy corner of the Rocky Mountains is home to denning grizzlies and lynx and wolverines that stay active all season.

This area is one of the last strongholds for lynx – a threatened species in the lower 48 states. To survive the winter and birth their kittens, these wild cats need to hunt snowshoe hares and other prey – and they need peace and quiet to do it.

Wolverines are rare and tough scavengers that birth their kits in mid-February, far from disturbance from people or other animals. Mom wolverines dig down into eight feet of snow or more to make dens to shelter their young from disruption.

Just imagine the trauma that loud helicopters and groups of skiers would cause these rare and sensitive animals. There are far better playgrounds for these people than the last-remaining wilderness habitat for these imperiled carnivores!

Fortunately, an official with the Montana Department of Natural Resources decided just that and denied two helicopter skiing applications. Big Sky Defenders submitted more than 60% of comments received and were a big factor in helping this official make the right decision for wildlife.

In fact, the Associated Press reported that “most of the people who wrote in said they were concerned about helicopter noise over private land and the disruption it would bring to area wildlife”[2].

Thanks to all the people who spoke out, grizzly bears will den undisturbed, and lynx and wolverines will have the peace and quiet they need to raise their young in Montana’s wild and beautiful wilderness for years to come.
Comment by A Former Member on February 18, 2009 at 10:11am


Save Sea Turtles from Reckless Fishing Practices

Bottom longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of imperiled sea turtles. Snagged by razor sharp hooks on fishing lines that span anywhere from four to nine nautical miles, loggerhead and other threatened and endangered sea turtles are drowning and dying right now in the Gulf of Mexico.

Six of seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and indiscriminate fishing practices like this are a grave threat to sea turtles around the world. Loggerheads nesting on Florida beaches -- the same turtles captured in the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery -- have plummeted by more than 40% over the last decade.

Please help us save the lives of threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Fill out the form below to encourage the National Marine Fisheries Service to immediately close the bottom longline fishery in order to save sea turtles.
Comment by A Former Member on February 18, 2009 at 9:04am
I don't think it has to do with animals as much as it does with just an obsessive/compulsive disorder. In these situations it just happens to be directed at animals, but it could just as easily be directed at houselplants, I suppose.
Comment by Creature on February 17, 2009 at 6:46pm
.....suddenly my place doesn't look quite so bad. I think you've just inspired some early spring cleaning....It's really sad to see how a person's desire to be around animals can turn into such a nasty situation all around.
Comment by A Former Member on February 17, 2009 at 5:33pm
That pic was on the website, but I'm not 100% positive those are actually her dogs, or if it was just a representational pic. Not sure how she got to that point. It might be an interesting read though. Have you ever seen the photos on The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium website? They are ghastly.

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