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The HSUS came into being because, for several years previously. a great many people throughout the United States were aware of the tremendous need for a strong humane group that would actively endorse and work towards eliminating, on a national scale, some of the more obvious cruelties and injustices imposed on animals in slaughterhouses and by uncontrolled breeding of domestic pets. They also realized the necessity for a humane organization that would act in a missionary role. to encourage and assist in the formation of humane societies in the thousands of towns and areas where none existed.

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The Humane Society of the United States


Washington, DC


Also includes "A Heritage for the Future," an address given at the 1979 Annual Conference by John A. Hoyt, the President of HSUS at the time.

The Humane Society of the United States 1954-1979: Twenty-Five Years of Growth and Achievement