- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Humane Society of the U S (February 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965894282
- ISBN-13: 978-0965894289
- Package Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of the Humane Society of the United States
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Bernard Unti received his doctorate in history in 2002 from American University. He is a contributor to The State of the Animals: 2001 and The State of the Animals II: 2003.
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If you have read articles about the HSUS or heard people talk about the organization, pro or con, and if you advocate for animals on any level, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
The book is highly detailed and well documented plus it has lots of pictures of the men and women who helped take the HSUS from it beginning with 4 founding members to the nation's largest and most effective humane organization.
The book explains HSUS policy of directing resources based on the number of animals suffering, the extent to which they suffer, whether other agencies are already working on the issue and what can be done to improve things for the animals involved.
This 50 year history of the HSUS, as it took on issues that were beyond the scope of other organizations, provides a look at the conditions that have been the source of suffering for animals on many fronts.
Read the book and find out what the supporters of the HSUS have known for a long time and what the opponents of the HSUS hope you will never find out.
Unti's work sets a very high standard for this kind of study. It deals with the Society's important efforts, at times frustrations, in addressing the issues of the second half of the 20th century, notably the use of animals in scientific research and the enduring issues of the slaughterhouse, trapping, and the substandard treatment of animals in zoos and entertainment. To its credit, the book does not shy away from controversy. Some of its most interesting insights touch upon friction among different organizations, radical trends in the animal rights movement, and growing pains within the HSUS itself. All of these provide a historian's view of a dynamic and changing movement seen through the perspective of one of its key organizations. This is a great introduction to an important segment of contemporary activism.
The author definitely delivers as he masterfully escorts the reader through the trials and triumphs of the era, both sharing and inviting critical scrutiny of events and outcomes. The depth and balance of the account give it the power to inspire, as well as enlighten, and thus, to play its own part in the unfolding story of the movement to transform how animals are viewed and treated. Definitely a fascinating and worthwhile read, as well as a thoughtful gift for anyone who cares about animal issues.