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Humane Planet

Planting the seeds to grow a more compassionate world

Humane Planet is a guide to living as harmoniously as possible with the natural world and all its inhabitants. It is also a statement of philosophy held by the Palo Alto Humane Society. Within this Humane Planet platform, we provide information, references and resources. Our purpose is to foster the creation of a more humane community in order to create a path to a more humane planet.

The three areas of focus are:

Humane Living – Human-animal relationships
Humane Commerce – Ethical options
Humane Eating – The realities of food

“We see quite clearly that what happens to the nonhuman happens to the human. What happens to the outer world happens to the inner world. If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished. Without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of the insects, the free-flowing streams, the flowering fields, the sight of the clouds by day and the stars at night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.”
Thomas Berry, from The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

Humane is defined as: “Having the good qualities of human beings, as kindness, mercy, or compassion.”