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. The simple words that are used to illustrate the complex work of the organization is ‘Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty’.
Today in the world, there are a thousand of animal species. The main objective of the HSUS is to protect, save, and rescue these animals. HSUS does not only work in the U.S but has extended globally with some of its missions being to rescue sea animals. Racing, rodeos, Zoos, circuses, hunting, fashion, aquariums and research are some of the activities that rescued animals have been involved in. The activities that the animals are involved are many and these are some of them.
The HSUS also works with animals which have been domesticated in homes and also provides support to the local shelters and animal control professionals. The organization is also presenting pushing for pieces of legislation both locally and internationally. It is the aim of the organization that through the legislation animal cruelty will be dealt with. There are instances when disasters occur, such as the Hurricane Katrina or the Tsunami which hit South East Asia. 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.
The Humane Society of the United States was not the first to be involved in the work of helping animals. The first one was the society for the prevention of cruelty of animals which was founded in 1886. It was the first organization of its kind in the U.S. More other organizations came up. In 1887, delegates from these organizations agreed to collapse 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 aim of HSUS is to eradicate animal cruelty worldwide. Among the first pieces of legislation was the one to fight against mistreatment of animals used for research. 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 various laws includes those that are against mistreatment of animals to those that protect the endangered species, learn more here.