Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal, or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty.
People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire. Those who abuse animals are very likely to be violent to other people—even their own family—too.
Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for so long, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through cruel neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
News & Events
May 4, 2015
The HSUS provides this update annually to inform the public about just some of the problems found at puppy mills, so that innocent consumers don't inadvertently support a cruel and substandard breeding operation.
April 29, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the thrill killing of at least eight deer near the top of Spring Creek Road in the foothills of southeast Walla Walla County, Washington.
April 21, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the neglect and abandonment of two puppies in Sempronius, New York.
April 17, 2015
Not the Paradise It Seems: The HSUS and Puerto Rico Launch Monumental Partnership to Overhaul Animal Welfare on the Island
Working with the government of Puerto Rico, The HSUS is launching a broad initiative to crack down on puppy mills, support enforcement of animal cruelty laws, promote a culture of loving pet ownership and bring humane education to schools.