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History of Animal Welfare in the United States [Video]

History of Animal Welfare in the United States

Disclaimer: This video contains a discussion of death, which may be disturbing. We include this content to provide historical context and promote understanding to prevent repeating prior activities that contribute to the unnecessary deaths of companion animals in the U.S.

Join us for an insightful journey into the history of animal welfare in the United States. In this video, Marc delves into the evolution of how America has addressed the treatment of animals, from primitive practices to the evolution of city pounds to the establishment of humane societies.
Discover how, as the Industrial Revolution swept the nation in the 19th century, cities grappled with the influx of companion animals roaming their streets.

Uncover the pivotal role of activists like Henry Berg, the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), who spearheaded efforts to end such barbaric treatment of animals. Explore the formation of humane societies and anti-cruelty organizations across the country, driven by a growing public outcry against inhumane practices.
Marc also sheds light on the pioneering figures behind these movements, such as Caroline and Richard White, whose Women’s Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals set a new standard for compassionate animal care.

Join us as we delve into the origins of modern-day animal welfare practices and celebrate the tireless efforts of those who paved the way for a more compassionate relationship between humans and animals. Subscribe to our channel for more engaging discussions on animal welfare and advocacy.
Learn more about the history of animal welfare and current trends in our Introduction to Animal Services course (formerly known as Principles of Contemporary Animal Services), which is offered in collaboration with Southern Utah University beginning on July 1.

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