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Founded November 22, 1954; 67 years ago (1954-11-22) (as National Humane Society)
Founders Fred Myers
Helen Jones
Larry Andrews
Marcia Glaser
Legal status 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Focus Animal protection, animal rights, cruelty to animals, humane education, animal ethics, animal law, wildlife conservation
Method Public education, science-based analysis, training and education, litigation, public policy, direct care
Kitty Block
Board Co-Chair
Susan Atherton
Board Co-Chair
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.,
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014) $128,921,223
Endowment $28,155,902
Employees (2014)
Volunteers (2014)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based in Washington, D.C., is an American nonprofit organization that does activism against animal cruelty. It was founded in 1954. They do this by organizing campaigns to get laws passed and by investigating companies.

HSUS opposes cruelty against animals used for food. The organization works on a full range of animals, including pets, wildlife, farm animals, horses, and animals used in research, testing and education.

HSUS works with another organization, the Fund for Animals, to operate animal sanctuaries in five states. However, it does not operate animal shelters itself. HSUS also trains rescue groups and shelters.

HSUS has been criticized for the way it spends its money.


In 1954, there were disagreements in the American Humane Association (AHA), another animal rights organization. The AHA thought that animals could be used in experiments, but some members disagreed. Many of the staff were fired, including Larry Andrews, Marcia Glaser, Helen Jones, and Fred Myers. These people set up HSUS in Washington, DC. At first, it was called the "National Humane Society". This organization focused on national policy. Their first goal was to get laws about humane slaughter passed.

Humane slaughter legislation

In 1958, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act passed. This law required slaughterhouses to use humane slaughter methods.

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