The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million people. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond. Our mission statement: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty. On the web at humanesociety.org.