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Celebrating animals and combating cruelty
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked since 1954 to promote the protection of all animals. With nearly ten million members and constituents, The HSUS is the nation' s largest and most powerful animal protection organization, working in the United States and abroad to defend the interests of animals. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we fight animal cruelty and abuse in all of its forms.
We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for public policies to protect animals, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws , educating the public about the issues, and conducting hands-on programs, such as assisting animals when disasters strike . Our major campaigns target four primary issues: 1) factory farming , 2) animal fighting and other forms of animal cruelty, 3) the fur trade , and 4) inhumane sport hunting practices .
Our other campaigns take on puppy mills , the private ownership of exotic animals as pets , greyhound racing , and particularly unacceptable animal research and testing practices, such as the use of great apes in research. Our two signature programs " Pets for Life and Wild Neighbors " celebrate the benefits of the bond between people and animals who live with us or in our communities, and teach people how to solve human/animal conflicts humanely. And we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics .
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