The Arc of Progress in Animal Protection

By on July 8, 2015 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

We are just past the mid-point of 2015, and while there have been  a few setbacks or battles lost, there are also a far larger number of gains for animals. And while thinking about individual corporate gains, lawsuits, or legislative battles won is critical (I announced big victories this week with Hugo Boss going fur free and General Mills adopting the Five Freedoms), it’s also important to think about the arc of our progress. Today I want to share with you a new infographic that highlights the long-term gains we’ve made in our cause.

Please share this infographic, as a story about The HSUS but also about the progress of our movement, and the fact that so many individuals and groups contributed to these gains. There’s no question in my mind that we are in the midst of a massive cultural, economic, and political shift when it comes to our dealings with animals. You can see it in the gains in so many of the major areas of our work: creating a comprehensive legal framework against cruelty and animal fighting, normalizing the discussion of adoption and spay-and-neuter, ending the era of extreme confinement of farm animals, closing out the killing of marine mammals for commercial slaughter, and ending the era of the use of chimpanzees in research and entertainment. Let’s continue to propel this kind of sweeping change, recognizing that these gains are hard and long-fought, but indeed possible and even probable if we are strategic and focused and capable of making the investments needed.


Animal Rescue and Care, Animal Research and Testing, Companion Animals, Equine, Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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  1. Sabine Schreindorfer-Gruber says:

    Please help!!

  2. margarita clayton says:

    Animal abusers, whether it be factory farms, research labs, transport, entertainment, domestic, fur, and the kinds of abuse are limitless, need to be punished accordingly & recorded in police files as such & never to be near animals ever. Abuse is anything one would not want on oneself, as hurting in any way, neglect in feeding, no medical, no access to the outside, no clean environment, no bathing,shedding blood & killing. It seems it’d be common sense to be respectful to all. It’s the caring thing to do. Animals are the most vulnerable & need to be protected.

  3. Philip Garza says:

    The animals that inhabit the World and the United States are some of the most innocence and inoffensive creatures. They’ve done nothing to deserve such cruelty and lack of compassion from humans. Google all of the animals that have been hunted to extinction. That’s quite a long list. The native Americans only hunted what they needed to survive. It was the other idiots who came along and didn’t care about wiping animals off the face of the Earth. Now honey bees bees are slowly dying off. If they perish mankind’s days could be numbered. So to the poachers and mega corporations keep doing what your doing. Hunting and polluting because eventually there won’t be anyone around for money to have value.

    • cheechako says:

      so well said. Same page here. Wish more people like you are around. Blessing and let’s keep praying each day and night for the freedom of all animals on earth.

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