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Watch award-winning documentary about five farmers who expose the humane myth and share their inspiring stories of transformation


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We are a community of former farmers, animal rescuers, animal sanctuary founders, educators, and artists working to create a just and nonviolent future.

Currently, both the animal-using industry and some animal advocacy organizations are propagating the idea that it is possible to use and kill animals in a manner that can be fairly described as respectful or compassionate or humane. We believe that this "Humane Myth" misrepresents the realities of animal use, and cultivates a positive image of activities that are neither just nor kind nor sustainable.

The purpose of this web site is to correct the misinformation that is associated with the Humane Myth, and to inspire a form of working for the peaceful transformation of our society that fully respects the inherent dignity and worth of animals and people alike.

This site is not published with the intent of offering final answers or telling anyone how to think, but with the intent of raising questions that will encourage thoughtful debate. And one of the more important purposes of a debate is to air many points of view, so that the deeper truth, which is larger than any one of our individual points of view, can emerge. We encourage as many people as possible to participate in public discussion of the issues explored by this site, and we believe that the more people become informed and involved, the better the outcome will be.


We owe a special debt of gratitude to our designer and co-creator, Eric Huang, without whose creativity, insight, precision, and passion for excellence HumaneMyth.org would not have been possible.

This site would also not have been possible without Cayce Mell, Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis, Harold Brown, Howard Lyman, Michele Alley-Grubb, Patty Mark, Terry Cummings, and Wendy Valentine, the sanctuary founders, former farmers, and investigators who took time from their important work to write statements of conscience. In addition to his statement, Harold Brown also provided invaluable expertise and research for several areas of the site.

We would also like to recognize the editorial contributions of Lee Hall whose many excellent suggestions, along with those of Eric Prescott, Mary Martin, and Kate Sharadin, substantially elevated the quality of the site's content and style.

Lastly, we would like to thank all community educators and grassroots activists who work with honesty and integrity to foster respect for the vulnerable beings of this world. We dedicate our work on this site to you.

James LaVeck & Jenny Stein
Site hosts