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The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was Founded Yesterday in 1866

The ASPCA Founded in 1866

On April 10th, 1866, Henry Bergh Founded the ASPCA.

In 1863, United States diplomat Henry Bergh was appointed a post in Russia. While there, he witnessed drivers beating their work horses. On his way back to the states, he visited London’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Those two events inspired him to found the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on April 10th, 1866.

The ASPCA got its start through New York State legislature that passed that day. Less than two weeks later, a national anti-cruelty law was passed that gave the ASPCA the power to investigate cases of animal cruelty and make related arrests.

Bergh and the ASPCA made huge strides, closing down dog and rat fighting rings, investigating slaughterhouse practices, and spreading awareness. They also served as the foundation for the creation of other humane organizations.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. They are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and have more than 2 million supporters across the country.

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.”

Although we’ve made huge strides towards the prevention of animal cruelty, there’s still work to be done. We’ll discuss this and other pressing issues on the latest The Maria Sanchez Show program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Join us Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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