Humane Society of the United States

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Humane Society

of the United States



Cleveland Amory & Friends
Left to right: Nicky, Mr. Phifer, Mr. Amory, Donna, Lady Guinevere, Jester, Mrs. D'Essen, Ryda, Sir Llancelot (two l's) and Morgan.





What is a Humane Society?

The dictionary defines "humane" as "having what are considered the best qualities of mankind." And first among these qualities is, of course, an actual part of the word "mankind" - the word "kind." A humane Society wants, in short, not just human beings, but humane beings.
The Humane Society of the Unites States, or HSUS, as it is known, was organized as recently as 1952. Yet in less than a score of years it has grown to be the largest national Society in the world for the prevention of cruelty to animals. There are local SPCA's all over the country, but they are independent organizations and are even independent of the "American" SPCA, which is a New York organization only. The HSUS, in contrast, has either branches and affiliates or members in every state in the Union and more importantly, it also works closely with all humane societies, whether they are HSUS affiliated or not, and whether the job consists of rescuing an individual stray, reorganizing a whole shelter operation, policing a rodeo or circus, or sponsoring legislation such as the Federal Humane Slaughter Act of 1958.
Today, any humane Society worthy of the name realizes that while we are, on the one hand, in the midst of the greatest pet boom in history, we are also, on the other hand, living in a sad and dwindling world for wildlife and a world which is, through neglect and surplus breeding, a terrifyingly inhumane one for literally millions of unwanted dogs and cats. Spaying bills are essential - so, too, because so many state anti-cruelty laws specifically exempt laboratories, is a federal bill to protect laboratory animals. On this subject, between the anti-vivisectionists, who believe with religious fervor that there should be no use of animals for experimentation, and today's "research unlimited" which believes, with equal fervor, in every conceivable experimental use, a middle-ground can and must e found - for the use of animals but not their abuse. This middle-ground must establish ground rules and foul lines whereby genuine necessary research can proceed unimpeded, and yet whereby the 300,000,000 animals in our laboratories will be protected every step of the way - from unjust pound seizure and unscrupulous dog dealers to unnecessary cruelty and needless repetition of experiments in grant-happy institutions.
Finally, a humane Society worthy of the name is not just for animals for animals - it is for animals for people. While it believes that the least cruelty to the least creature diminishes us all, it is a resolute in its opposition to cruelty to children and mob violence as it is to bullfighting and steel traps. And, looking to the future, it seeks to enlist a whole new generation of humane beings - who may be discovering for the first time a broad-scale charity in which they themselves can play a meaningful role and through which they may spearhead, on a broad front, an all-out assault on today's age of violence.


The Exhibits
1 The Peaceable Kingdom
A living illustration, in a living-room, of what mutual understanding and respect have accomplished when more than a score of highly individual animals and humans have learned to live together - a United Nations of Nature.
2 The Barnyard Nursery
A re-creation of an old-=fashioned farmyard in which one sees the beginning of the educational relationships so essential to harmonious living - in these days perhaps even more than then.
3 The "Pan-Humanitarian" Room
A room dedicated to the concept of unity, and the areas of basic agreement, among humane organizations - from the Mass. SPCA to the Florida Federation of Humane Societies, from the National Catholic Society for Animal Welfare to the Animal Welfare Institute, from the Wayside Waifs to the Defenders of Wildlife.
4 The Seeing Eye - "Gateway to Freedom"
One of the famed Seeing Eye Dogs and her litter of pups, together with a visual presentation demonstrating not only how Seeing Eye Dogs are trained but also how their owners are trained to work with them.
5 The Workshop
This reconstruction of an early colonial kitchen emphasizes the fact that sheep are the second oldest species domesticated by man, preceded only by the dog, and demonstrates that lambs, frequently brought into the kitchen immediately after birth, became, because of the close association with the farm family, the outstanding family pet of early America.
6 The Rumpus Room
In this "play room" a dozen or more puppies and kittens illustrate that, with an animal as with a child, attention and affection during infancy are as important as food itself.
7 Milady's Boudoir
In a lady's dressing room, a white peacock, a native of Nepal, where it is a capital offense to kill one, and a blue peacock, a native of the lowland of India, together illustrate, by their beauty alone, why for centuries Orientals have held them in more esteem than any other animal. The American Golden Eagle, the symbol of the U.S.A., is in contrast, the most graphic illustration of the unity of power and beauty.
8 The Den
Once the inhabiters of more of the world than any other form of wildlife, the wolf is today, through man's constant and now needless persecution, facing extinction. His only future, like that of his friend the coyote, may be, as these are, as a personal pet. And what more could a man want in his study - a wolf and a pretty girl?

I THINK I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained;
I stand and look at them long and long,
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things.
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth

- Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass

Pan-Humanitarian Room

(top) The Pan-Humanitarian Room and (bottom) the American Eagle in Milday's Boudoir - Exhibits of the Humane Society of the United States in the Better Living Center

SOURCE: Photo presented courtesy Bill Cotter collection © 2010 Bill Cotter, All Rights Reserved. See more images from Bill's fabulous collection of World's Fair photographs at his website

American Eagle in Milday's Boudoir

Beech Nut Theatre

SOURCE: SPECTRACKULAR NEWS Published by Better Living Center, New York World's Fair

Beech-Nut Theatre

The performing arts are represented in the Better Living Center in virtually all their aspects through the 550-seat Beach-Nut Theatre, located on the first floor.

Some of the outstanding attractions of its first season include a musical version of "Young Abe Lincoln," with Arnold Brown as Lincoln and a Broadway cast; Anna Russell in the musical farce, "Lady Audley's Secret or Who Pushed George?"; also featured was a widely-acclaimed Austrian Fashion Show.

It was here that Twentieth Century-Fox Films decided to have the world premier of their film, "What a Way to Go!" starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman and Gene Kelly, on May 13th

The theatre is fully equipped with the latest facilities including Cinemascope and ultra-fidelity sound. It is also equipped for television and radio broadcasting and has two 35mm projectors which can handle all screen ratios.


Culligan Magic Faucet Seemingly Suspended in Mid-air - 1st Foor Culligan Display

SOURCE: Photo presented courtesy Bill Cotter collection © 2010 Bill Cotter, All Rights Reserved. See more images from Bill's fabulous collection of World's Fair photographs at his website

Culligan Magic Faucet

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