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American Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals
Marjorie Arnold
The Beginning
American Society for Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded by
Henry Bergh in 1886 in New York.
His mission statement is “to provide
effective means for the prevention of
cruelty to animals throughout in the
United States.”
He also stated that animals would be
treated with respect by humans and need
to be protected under the law.
Focus
They focus on animal homelessness and animal cruelty.
Animal homelessness is when animals are left on the streets
by their previous owners.
Animal Cruelty is when humans are abusing, neglecting, or
forcing animals to fight.
Laws
Some the laws that they had passed were punishing animal
cruelty as a felony act.
Another law they had passed was Veterinary Medicine Mobility
Act, which protects animals during natural disasters or
crises, which Congress approved.
Understanding
In 2011, 70.1 % of dogs, 20.9 % of cats, 24.1 % of other
animals, which includes horses, goats, etc, where abused.
Understanding
In animal shelters they become so
overpopulated when their previous owners
give them up or animal controls found
them, animals die in the shelter
whenever they do not get a home.
Understanding
In the U.S., there is no way to estimate the strays that are
on the streets, but there could be over millions of homeless
animals.
Resources
https://www.aspca.org/about-us
https://www.aspca.org/news/top-10-legislative-victories-
animals-2014
https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/closer-
look-puppy-mills
https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-
homelessness
http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/ani
mal_cruelty_facts_statistics.html