The Humane Society Of The United States.
Contrary to what many people might be thinking, the Humane Society of the United States does not only keep animals for people to come and adopt. While the part of the HSUS’s work is to support the local animal shelters, the work it does encompasses more than that. To bring out the complex work the organization carries out using simple words, the organization’s motto is ‘Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty’.
Thousnds of species exist today in the world today. The main objective of the HSUS is to protect, save, and rescue these animals. The organization works globally not just in the United States and has been involved in work to save animals found deep in the Ocean. The animals rescued by the organization have been involved in racing, rodeos, Zoos, circuses, hunting, fashion, aquariums and research. However, these are some of the activities because the list is long.
The HSUS also works with animals which have been domesticated in homes and also provides support to the local shelters and animal control professionals. HSUS has been a leading organization in lobbying for laws related to animals both locally and internally. It is the aim of the organization that through the legislation animal cruelty will be dealt with. When disasters such as the Katrina have occurred, animals are always affected. In such scenarios the HSUS is always ready to travel in the area to help in the rescue mission of the animals. The organization also thinks about the welfare of backyard animals such as the squirrels, mice and raccoons by educating homeowners of how to peacefully coexist with them.
In the united states, HSUS was not the first organization to be involved in animal welfare. The first organization to be founded was the society for the prevention of cruelty of animals and was founded in 1886. It was the first organization of its kind in the U.S. There are however many other organizations that came up. Follwing a delegates which was carried out in 1887, the delegates agreed the organizations to come together and form the American Humane Association. In 1954 however, there was rift between members and some of those split formed what is now known as HSUS.
The main goal of the HSUS was to ensure that all types of animal cruelty are eliminated in the whole world. The first work of HSUS was to push for the de legislation of law that required animal shelters to turn over animals to be used for research work. Due to the campaign which have been carried out by the organization, the U.S government has passed legislation that are meant to protect animals. The laws range from those protecting endangered species to those that make it illegal to mistreat research animals inhumanly.