March 7, 2011
Animal cruelty, what is considered cruel and what is not? The answer will vary depending upon each individuals own personal views and beliefs. Fighting animal cruelty is a problem that has existed for many years. There are currently professional organizations in place that help to defend these helpless animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a well-known organization that has been around for many years and can contribute valuable knowledge in many areas.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society established in North America (aspca, 2011). The organization was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh under the beliefs that all animals deserve to be protected by the law (aspca, 2011). The ASPCA was the first organization granted the ability to investigate and make arrests for crime done against animals. ASPCA currently provides information and leadership in three main areas; caring for pets and their parents, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and serving victims of animal cruelty (ASPCA, 2011).
In today’s society there is a fine line about what is considered cruel and what is not. Hunters do not believe what they do as cruelty to animals, whereas a non-hunter would say it is indeed cruelty. There is not one form of animal cruelty that is considered worse than another. All forms of animal cruelty needs to be addressed. This organization can help everyone to understand what is considered animal cruelty and what is not. ASPCA can help individuals in a professional setting to spread the word about animal cruelty and the steps that companies or individuals can do to participate in fighting for animal rights. Giving a company and their employees the opportunity to participate in an organization as important as the prevention of animal cruelty can, and will help the company grow as well as helping the
References: ASPCA. 2011. About us. Retrieved on March 4, 2011, from , http://www.aspca.org/about-us.aspx