Save the Animals: The Creation of the ASPCA
Lucretia Garfield: Religion, Social Issues and Reform
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two weeks or more
It wasn’t until the last part of the 19th century that mistreatment of animals came to be against the law in the United States. Largely through the efforts of Henry Burgh of New York, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was chartered by the New York State Legislature, and laws against cruelty to animals were passed. The story of Bergh’s efforts, as well as information on ways in which we can help currently endangered species of animals, are the subjects of this lesson.
Sewell, Anna and Grealy, Lucy. Black Beauty. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.
History of the ASPCA
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.