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A Brief History of the American Humane Association

November 4, 2013

As a member of the board of the American Humane Association, Lois Pope joins a proud tradition of leaders and community members who have dedicated themselves to championing the cause of animal rights. The organization was founded in the late 1800s, when numerous Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had begun appearing across the country. Immediately after its formation, the organization began advocating for the welfare of animals in industry, with particular emphasis on the humane treatment of livestock and working animals.

In 1886, the American Humane Association began advocating for the rights of children as well as animals. It saw its first major legislative victory in 1898, when Congress officially forbade the practice of vivisection in schools. Throughout the early 1900s, the association sought to protect children from unsafe working environments while simultaneously promoting an animal rights agenda. Today, Lois Pope, her fellow board members, and the thousands of donors and volunteers involved with the American Humane Association continue to support the organization’s mission and look for new ways to make a difference in the lives of animals and children across the country.

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