29 Mar

Organizations – Getting Started & Next Steps

Work Of The Humane Society Of The United States.

The Humane Society of the United States is involved in more than keeping animals which have been rescued 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. Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty is the motto of the organization and represents the complex work that is carried out by the organization.

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. Some of the animals the organization has participated in rescuing 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. The laws that the organization has been lobbying are meant to ensure that animal cruelty has been eliminated. Animals are also victims when a disaster such as when the Tsunami hit the South East Asia in 2004. 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 history of animal welfare organizations has a long history and started way before HSUS was founded. The first organization to be founded was the society for the prevention of cruelty of animals and was founded in 1886. Prior to this organization, there had not been another such organization in the U.S. Subsequently, more organizations came up. In 1887, delegates from these organizations agreed to collapse and form the American Humane Association. The disagreements among some members led to some of the leaving and forming HSUS.

The main goal of the HSUS was to ensure that all types of animal cruelty are 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 wide variety of legislation range from those that protect species which are endangered to those that condemn inhuman treatment of animals.