The problem of animal cruelty and overcrowded shelters is increasing in our country. Contrary to a lot of crimes against humans, a majority of animal abuse cases never get reported. Yet, just as there is premeditated violence against people, there is also premeditated violence against animals. Overcrowded animal shelters and animal violence often go hand in hand. Shelters get overpopulated because of animal abuse, pet neglect and abandonment among other things.
The Humane Society of the United States in the most powerful and effective animal protection is the nation. They fight the big fights to help give animals a better life. They are often the first responders to major animal cruelty and disaster situations, providing hands-on care for pets, companion animals, horses and wildlife. Not only that, they also increase awareness and education and advocate through the courts and ballot boxes to fight to improve legal protections for animals.
These are some of the reasons why the Humane Society of the United States is our number one charity for animal car donations.
Driving real and tangible change for animals comes with a lot of effort into some “Big Fights”. Here are just a few that the Humane Society has tackled:
Putting a Stop to Puppy Mills
Puppy mills are inhumane large-volume facilities for breeding puppy’s for high profits while dismissing the physical and emotional needs of their mothers. Dogs that come from puppy mills are often unsocialized and sickly. There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills currently running in the United States with about 2 million puppies being sold every year from puppy mills. The Humane Society of the United States fights to stop puppy mills through education, research and promoting the adoption of puppies from shelters.
Preventing Slaughter of Horses
When horses are no longer deemed to have value, some are sold or taken to be slaughtered for meat. Not only is this inhumane, but consuming horse meat is a significant health risk. Horses in our country are not deliberately raised to become food and therefore they are given a large variety of drugs that make eating horse meat unfit for humans. Nearly every horse that becomes a victim for slaughter could be re-homed, donated or sold. But once they are at auction, these horses are often sold to “kill buyers” who outbid the legitimate horse rescuers and owners who would give them another chance at life. The Humane Society helps to expose this barbaric industry and has introduced budget bills to prevent the slaughtering of wild horses. They also fight through introducing federal legislation to prohibit the slaughter of American horses.
Ending Animal Testing for Cosmetics
Many animals still suffer and die because of being used to test mascara, shampoo and other cosmetics. Frightened guinea pics, rats, rabbits and mice have elements shoved down their throats, spread over their skin or dripped into their eyes before they are killed. There are thousands of substances available to these manufacturers that have already been found safe to use, yet 500,000 animals continue to suffer and die needlessly for these tests every year. The Humane Society has called upon and found 230+ companies to endorse the Humane Cosmetic Act which calls for a stop to the unnecessary testing of animals. They advocate for manufacturers to be cruelty-free and work to educate consumers about cosmetic testing.
Banning Trophy Hunting
Trophy hunting is an American Problem. United States citizens who are trophy hunters fork out a lot of money to kill animals abroad and import more than 126,000 wildlife trophies back to the US each year. Bears, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves and other domestic wildlife become victims to this trophy hunting which injures our natural ecosystems. The Humane Society asks everyone to join the fight against trophy hunting both in America and across the world and help put a stop to this unsportsmanlike and cruel hobby.
Protecting Marine Wildlife
Hunting, over-fishing, pollution and chemicals are all threats to our marine wildlife. Human exploitation of the oceans and all its resources are causing the death and suffering of many species of marine life including seals, sea lions, sharks, manatees, whales and dolphins. You can help say no to shark finning by refusing to eat or serve any food that contains shark fin. The Humane Society works to increase the protection of marine mammals from fishing activities and educate about what we can do to help.
These are just a few of the Big Fights taken on by the Humane Society of the United States. Check out their All Our Fights page to see more. With the help of volunteers, monetary donations, and those who donate a car for animals, we all can help end animal cruelty and create a more humane society.