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.
Deliberate cruelty may involve beating, shooting or stabbing animals, or setting them on fire. Neglect is not giving an animal necessary food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery is often prolonged, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are deliberately harmed.
There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and violence against people. Those who abuse animals are also likely to harm people—including their own family members.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
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October 13, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today announced that fashion industry leader HUGO BOSS and acclaimed philanthropist Georgina Bloomberg will be honored at the 2016 To the Rescue! New York gala to benefit and celebrate the organization’s animal rescue efforts. Responsible for saving and rehabilitating thousands of animals each year, The HSUS and its global arm Humane Society International travel across the country and the globe to help animals in need from puppy mills, dogfighting, neglect and natural disasters. The annual gala takes place on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street.