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The Humane Society is working to eliminate cruelty to animals.
  marked by kindness — especially a motivation to reduce suffering of others or of animals
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...

The word inhumane is common and most frequently used in reference to cruel treatment of animals.
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  • The Humane Society is working to eliminate cruelty to animals.
  • The chickens are not treated humanely. Their living conditions are inhumane.
  • He was a fairly humane man toward slaves and other animals; he was an exceedingly humane man toward the erring of his own race.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’n’head Wilson
  • they are naturally going to want it produced in the cleanest, most humane and environmentally healthy ways.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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  • That they were crossing lines, being inhumane.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • If we don’t give the customers a satisfying, human and humane experience, then we have no customers.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In my experience, these creatures weren’t the sleazeballs who’d act sexually toward prisoners; in fact, they would never fraternize with lower life-forms like us, and they reserved their most withering scorn for their colleagues who treated us humanely.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The death of forty-two people at the end of the Attica standoff exposed the danger of prison abuse and inhumane conditions.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It will be more humane for the draccus and safer for us.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • That a man pleasured could so easily resolve himself to the whole spectrum of acts, indifferent and murderous and humane, and choose with such arbitrary will what he shall have to remember forever and forever.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • We’re here to kill them humanely.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • A true Nazi observing such an action, such humane treatment of a Jew, would have murdered them both without a moment’s hesitation.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • There is something unquestionably moving about the line of utility poles coming across the marsh, moving perhaps because electricity is a bringer of miracles and the journey of the faceless utility poles is such a long one—and such a humane one.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Pickwick said that the German doctor in charge of the prison hospital was a humane man who occasionally arranged a medical discharge.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • No, of course he was not a Nazi, not only because the black-and-white engraved nameplate identified him as Mr. Sholom Weiss but because—well, what would a Nazi be doing apportioning volume after volume of the earth’s humane wisdom at the Brooklyn College library?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "It’s the humane thing to do."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • They say their methods are humane.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • We should treat people in a humane way.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "In general we must turn this bloodthirsty soldier to more humane interests," said Bilibin.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and a more humane wisdom.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Usually it’s an older woman of kindly temperament and humane politics.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • When you get to your new homes, anyone who wants to work will be treated humanely.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • It is hoped that no ties of friendship or humane consideration will induce you to conceal the truth.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Louie felt deep relief, believing that at a POW camp, he would be treated under the humane rules of international law, put in contact with the Red Cross, and allowed to contact his family.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • You are a humane woman, Mrs. Mann.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Are you likely to be more humane to me than others were yesterday?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It would be more humane if you were to find that gun fast.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He is severe to the idle and wicked, but to the sober and deserving he is a leader, both just and humane.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "We feel it is important that the animals here be treated in the most humane manner," Regis said.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The boy can be contained in more humane ways.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • A vampyre is not a human, although we are humane.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Wouldn’t be humane if he did.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • They had said no; perhaps others would be more humane.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • "I would rather not sell him," said Mr. Shelby, thoughtfully; "the fact is, sir, I’m a humane man, and I hate to take the boy from his mother, sir."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • At the beginning of the third week, the prisoner in charge of our block was deprived of his office, being considered too humane.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • A very humane suggestion, I think.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • I’m sure it would seem strange in some of your hidebound Eastern states, but the state of Illinois had a very humane, very progressive law under which I could sue him.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It isn’t reasonable or humane.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Yet he might not have been so perfectly humane, so thoughtful in his generosity, so full of kindness and tenderness amidst his passion for adventurous exploit, had she not unfolded to him the real loveliness of beneficence and made the doing good the end and aim of his soaring ambition.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • We had a very pious and humane Iman, who preached an excellent sermon, exhorting them not to kill us all at once.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Sivaji acted for him, and being a kindly, humane man, we counted ourselves lucky.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He regarded this wish for the dog’s death as humane, for he could not bear, he told himself, to see anything suffer.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The slave is sure to know who is the most humane, or cruel master, within forty miles of him.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The HVAC patrol, which had been called in on the pretense of humane incarceration, was working so slowly that Jordan figured they’d master their trade just in time for the snow to start falling again outside.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • On th’ other side up rose Belial, in act more graceful and humane.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Life is uncertain, as the preacher tells us; and what will the world say if kind, humane, and benevolent Ben.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Even when the humanity isn’t very humane, or the heart ailment a disease.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Only in the Brotherhood had there seemed a chance for such as us, the mere glimmer of a light, but behind the polished and humane facade of Jack’s eye I’d found an amorphous form and a harsh red rawness.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In one of them quite long, he invited him to join in a campaign to make war more humane.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
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