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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is chartered in the New York Legislature

Henry Bergh, detail
04/10/1866
Henry Bergh, a wealthy New York diplomat recently returned from Europe, had been speaking publically about animal cruelty in New York, mentioning specifically cockfighting and the treatment of animals in New York slaughterhouses.  On this day, on Bergh's behalf, the New York State Legislature passed the charter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said to be the oldest humane society in the Western Hemisphere. Bergh would serve twenty years as its first president.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Bernadette Zbicky Heiney, "Animal Rights Movement," in Michael Green and Scott Stabler (eds.), Ideas and Movements that Shaped America .... (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015), I: 43. 

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