The Humane Society of the United States

The human-animal bond is as old as human history. We cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We feel a thrill when we glimpse wild creatures in their natural habitat or in our own backyard.

Unfortunately, the human-animal bond has at times been weakened. Humans have exploited some animal species to the point of extinction. Research animals suffer pain and distress in laboratory tests considered necessary for human health or well-being. Animals killed for fur fashions endure unimaginable agony in inhumane traps or on fur "ranches." Animals used by the food industry live on factory farms where they are treated as unfeeling commodities rather than as sentient beings. The use of animal parts for traditional medicines has contributed to the disappearance of some species worldwide.

The Humane Society of the United States makes a difference in the lives of animals here at home and worldwide. The HSUS is dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion. We seek a truly humane society in which animals are respected for their intrinsic value, and where the human-animal bond is strong.

For more information, or to contact The Humane Society of the United States, see their website at: www.hsus.org

» Recent News

Land in Oneonta, NY To Be Protected Forever As a Wildlife Sanctuary
07 Jun 04 | Irwin Gooen has donated a conservation easement on 87 acres in Oneonta to The Humane Society of the United States' Wildlife Land Trust for permanent protection as a wildlife sanctuary.

June is National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals
04 Jun 04 | Disasters can happen at anytime or any place. Acts of nature such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods, or man-made events such as acts of terrorism or hazardous materials accidents can leave little time to gather the essentials.

The HSUS Joins Forces with Animal Attraction to Build On-Line Pet Community
04 Jun 04 | As any dog lover will attest, having a pet at your side is an instant conversation starter. Pets create a common bond that can turn strangers into friends, neighborhoods into communities, and, sometimes, acquaintances into romantic partners.

The HSUS Offers Reward for Information in Honokohau Cat Deaths
03 Jun 04 | A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of three feral cats found hanged in a grisly display last week at Hawaii's Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.

The HSUS and Wisc. Dept. of Health & Family Services Release Resource to Help Seniors and Their Pets
03 Jun 04 | The HSUS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), has released a new training manual "Creating Safer Communities for Older Adults and Companion Animals."

Holiday Shoppers Beware: European Union Refusing to Ban Dog and Cat Fur Trade
12 Nov 03 | With the holiday season quickly approaching, The Humane Society of the United States, is warning European consumers to be on the look out and avoid purchasing items that could well turn out to be something they would not usually dream of buying.

Illustrator Berkeley Breathed Teams Up with The HSUS to Promote Adoptions
11 Nov 03 | When fans of the comic strip "Bloom County" and its illustrator, Berkeley Breathed, line up for a copy of his latest book, "Flawed Dogs," (Little, Brown and Company; 0-316-71359-7; $18.95) they're getting more than a good laugh.

The HSUS Adds to Reward in Weare, NH Animal Cruelty Case
05 Sep 03 | The HSUS is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for seriously injuring a toy poodle named Barney who was found on Buxton School Road in Weare, New Hampshire on 24 Aug 03.

The HSUS Adds to the Reward for Information in West Seattle Cat Deaths Case
03 Sep 03 | The Humane Society of the United States, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing and decapitation of two cats found in West Seattle on Monday, August 25.

Gov. Davis Signs Bill Strengthening Animal Fighting Penalties
02 Sep 03 | The HSUS is applauding California Governor Gray Davis for signing legislation that significantly strengthens California's anti-cockfighting law. Gov. Davis signed the bill, which takes effect January 1, today.

The HSUS Offers Reward in Pomona, California Horse Cruelty Case
29 Aug 03 | The HSUS West Coast Regional Office is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suffering and near starvation of a horse who was abandoned and found in Chino Hills.

Animal Protection Groups Condemn Governor Pataki for Proposing "A License for Cruelty"
29 Aug 03 | In the wake of public outrage following his veto of a bill that would have prohibited the cruel practice of hunting non-native mammals in "canned hunts," Governor Pataki has again attracted the ire of animal protection groups.

The HSUS and Washington Mystics Stacey Dales-Schuman Launch Full Court Press to Improve Pet Health
29 Aug 03 | The HSUS is teaming up with Washington Mystics star Stacey Dales-Schuman on a new public service effort that urges pet owners to have their pets spayed and neutered. The spot notes that spaying or neutering has health benefits for pets.

Prather Ranch Receives Humane Farm Animal Care Certification
28 Aug 03 | Prather Ranch, a 15,000-acre cattle ranch in Northern California, became the sixth producer to receive certification from Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) for its humane animal treatment. HFAC is a six-month-old non-profit organization.

Animal Protection Groups Urge Wisconsin Governor Doyle to Suspend Dove Hunt
28 Aug 03 | Today, HSUS and The Fund for Animals (The Fund), two of the nation's largest animal protection organizations, with a collective membership in Wisconsin exceeding 150,000, called upon Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to suspend the mourning dove hunt.

Federal Court Restricts Global Deployment of Navy Sonar
26 Aug 03 | In a 73-page opinion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, ruled today that the Navy's plan to deploy a new high-intensity sonar system violates numerous federal environmental laws and could endanger whales, porpoises and fish.

Americans Salute Their Favorite Hero Dogs at Paws To Recognize Canine World Heroes Tribute
21 Aug 03 | "Crazy Joe," a narcotic detector dog with Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and the top-voted U.S. service dog in the Paws to Recognize program, was honored along with canine heroes from 7 countries and Puerto Rico.

The HSUS Urges Gov. Davis to Sign Bill Strengthening CA Animal Fighting Penalties
19 Aug 03 | The HSUS is applauding today's passage of landmark legislation strengthening California's anti-cockfighting law. The Senate approved the legislation today, clearing the bill to be sent to Governor Davis for his signature.

The HSUS Offers Reward in Charlottesville, Va Animal Cruelty Case
18 Aug 03 | The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who bound, shot, and threw a young boxer over a bridge in Charlottesville, VA in late July.

The HSUS Offers Reward in Chicago Dog Burning Case
15 Aug 03 | The Humane Society of the United States, in cooperation with Cook County Crime Stoppers, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the torture of a pit bull dog.

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