Work Of The Humane Society Of The United States.
Most people have a perception of the humane society of the united states as being an organization that has many animals which are waiting for people to adopt. HSUS’ work goes beyond supporting the local animal shelters in doing their work. 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. Part of the work that HSUS gets involved in 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. The animals rescued by the organization have been involved in racing, rodeos, Zoos, circuses, hunting, fashion, aquariums and research. The list is however 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. These laws are meant to curb animal cruelty. Animals are also victims when a disaster such as when the Tsunami hit the South East Asia in 2004. In order to rescue animals in disaster cases, the HSUS is always prepared with a team that can travel to the affected areas whether locally or internationally. The HSUS has programs that ensures that home owners are educated about the backyard animals such as squirrels.
In the united states, HSUS was not the first organization to be involved in animal welfare. The Society for the prevention of cruelty of animals is the first known organization know to advocate for animal rights in the U.S. This was the first organization to advocate for animal rights. More other organizations 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. The disagreements among some members led to some of the leaving and forming HSUS.
HSUS works to ensure that all cruelty against animals has been eliminated in the whole world. 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 laws range from those protecting endangered species to those that make it illegal to mistreat research animals inhumanly.