Every state in the united states and the district of columbia has a law prohibiting cruelty to animals these laws do not give animals rights, but do afford some legal protection. Animal rights movement (pdf: 19k) the animal protection movement prevention of cruelty to animals became an important movement in early 19th century england, where it grew alongside the humanitarian current that advanced human rights, including the anti-slavery movement and later the movement for woman suffrage. Humane treatment of farm animals: overview and issues congressional research service summary animal welfare supporters in the united states have long sought legislation to modify or curtail. Since the 1980s, both the awa and the guide have attempted to assure oversight of animal research primarily by mandating the establishment, at each research institution, of an institutional animal care and use committee. The aspca was founded by henry bergh in 1866 to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the united states one of the aspca's priorities is helping pet parents care for their animal companions.
California animal abuse laws, penal code 597 pc, make it a crime to kill, physically harm, neglect or overwork an animal pc 597 animal abuse can be either a misdemeanor or a felony pc 597 and other animal cruelty laws protect domesticated pets, stray animals, wild animals and farmed animals. The humane society of the united states (hsus) and humane society legislative fund (hslf) are committed to ending cosmetic cruelty through the #becrueltyfree usa campaign. Abstract in the united states and around the world, animals exploited for human use suffer cruel and needless harm the group bearing the brunt of this exploitation — agricultural animals — is routinely exempted from the largely ineffective and rarely enforced animal welfare and anti-cruelty regulations that exist today. For the prevention of cruelty is the first history of organized advocacy on behalf of animals in the united states to appear in nearly a half century diane beers demonstrates how the cause has shaped and reshaped itself as it has evolved within the broader social context of the shift from an industrial to a postindustrial society.
Pcrm commissioned orc international of princeton, nj, to conduct random telephone surveys of the united states' general adult public in september 2011, asking individuals about their views on the use of animals in cosmetics testing. Sherry ramsey is the director of animal cruelty prosecutions for the humane society of the united states (hsus) she contributed this article to live science's expert voices: op-ed & insights a. Every day in the united states animals are beaten, neglected, or forced to struggle for survival left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, they have little hope as they live out their. 2007 horse slaughter ends in the united states, but live horses continue to be exported for slaughter barbaro dies at the preakness 2009 the european union bans cosmetics testing and bans the sale or import of seal products. As the humane society of the united states ceo wayne pacelle pointed out in 2014, the data collected will offer a real incentive for law enforcement agencies to pay closer attention to [animal.
The american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the first humane society formed in north america and, today, one of the largest humane societies in the world, was founded by henry bergh and incorporated in 1866 by a special act of the new york state legislature. Many of the nation's most routine animal farming practices would be illegal if perpetrated against cats and dogs jonathan lovvorn, chief counsel, the humane society of the united states putting speciesism on our radar in his groundbreaking book, animal liberation, philosophy professor peter singer popularized the word speciesism. Humane society of the united states (hsus), byname humane society, nonprofit animal-welfare and animal rights advocacy group founded in 1954 the humane society of the united states (hsus) is one of the largest such organizations in the world, with more than 10 million members and regional offices. Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty, is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human.
Federal anti-cruelty laws preventing and punishing animal abuse, cruelty and neglect are largely the responsibilities of the individual states as of march 14, 2014, south dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. This act lays down the groundwork for all of the standards of living for animals in the united states, what constitutes mistreatment of an animal, and penalties for abuse of animals  1979- the animal legal defense fund is formed. The history of child protection in america is divisible into three eras1 prevention of cruelty to animals bergh asked his lawyer, elbridge all states but. 1 a survey of animal law in the united states: an overview of laws that should protect animals and the barriers that prevent animals from receiving legal protection.
Similar statutes were enacted in all the states of the united states, where there now exists a patchwork of anticruelty and animal-welfare laws most states today make at least some abuses of animals a felony. In an article accompanying the study, lisa hara levin of the animal welfare group animal care and control of new york and william reppy of duke university said the study illustrated the need to. The united states claims that § 48 effectively prevents cruelty to animals by taking away the underlying financial benefit in crush videos and animal fighting videos, and that this financial benefit is what creates the significant link between enforcing animal cruelty laws and prohibiting the depictions of cruelty.
The aspca's mission, as stated by founder henry bergh in 1866, is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the united states quick links board of directors. At the humane society of the united states, our goal is to create a world where people and animals thrive, living happy, healthy lives together animal care expo and trainings we help shelter and rescue professionals cultivate the skills they need to help animals and the people who care for them.
Summary: the following table, while not exhaustive, provides information on where to report animal cruelty if you do not find a local contact in your region on this table, you can conduct a search on your favorite search engine for local law enforcement, an animal shelter/control agency, or a humane society. According to the humane society of the united states (hsus), the exotic pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, second only to drugs and weapons on the black market it's a $15 billion dollar business in the united states alone, with breeders and dealers selling animals over the internet or in trade magazines. The following from the humane society is a brief listing of animal cruelty statutes across the us a study of us cruelty statutes aha's campaign against violence to animals has led us to investigate the cruelty statutes in all fifty states, and washington, dc.