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Mercy : the incredible story of Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA and friend to animals

by Furstinger, Nancy,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j HV4764.F87 2016
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Only 150 years ago, most animals in America were subject to horrific treatment. They needed a champion to protect them from abject cruelty, and that person was Henry Bergh. After witnessing the beating of a horse in the streets of New York and attending a bullfight in Spain, Bergh found his calling. He became an enforcer of animal rights and founded the ASPCA, as well as created many animal cruelty laws. He even expanded his advocacy to children. When Bergh died in 1888, the idea that children and animals should be protected from cruelty was widely accepted: "Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henry Bergh was a man ahead of his time. In the nineteenth century, cruelty to animals was deemed somewhat acceptable, and ethical treatment was not a common cause of activism. Bergh was the first champion of a targeted campaign against the maltreatment of animals. Though he was seen by his adversaries as meddlesome and emotional, Bergh spoke out against the way that workhorses, slaughter animals, shooting pigeons, and strays were abused and neglected. Part of a broad wave of progressive activism, Bergh's work had implications for public health, urbanization issues, and the political graft that were hallmarks of the era. His biography, which draws connections to more notorious figures of the day, including Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and P. T. Barnum, is a vivid example of life in New York City before the turn of the century. Intermittent color illustrations enhance the text, while Bergh himself, eccentric, devoted, and tireless, will intrigue young readers with his compassion for creatures with no voices of their own.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "From a dramatic opening involving a dogfight through the final chapter detailing the current efforts of the ASPCA, this well-researched biography of the organization's founder, Henry Bergh (1813-1888), contains abundant information illustrating the evolution in attitudes about the treatment of animals. Through vignettes highlighting a range of animals-horses, dogs, sea turtles, cows, pigeons, circus elephants-Furstinger (The Forgotten Rabbit) demonstrates the scope of Bergh's anti-cruelty efforts. A wealthy gentleman and failed playwright, Bergh found his voice as an animal protector in the 1860s, an era when "the belief that animals should be treated humanely was a revolutionary concept." Despite ridicule from the press and Bergh's own contradictory practices-he wore fur, ate meat, and never had a pet-he remained zealous in his crusade. Diverting detours to discuss the press, Charles Darwin, public health, the history of the circus, child labor laws, euthanasia, and other topics provide contextual background. Dejardins's understated color illustrations frankly depict the abuse of animals without being overly grisly, and period photographs, a time line, bibliography, and other resources are also included. Ages 10-12. Author's agent: John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bergh, Henry, -- 1811-1888 -- Juvenile literature.
Bergh, Henry, -- 1811-1888.
Animal rights activists -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Animal welfare -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Animal rights activists.
Animals -- Treatment -- United States.
Publisher Boston :2016
Contributors Desjardins, Vincent, illustrator.
Language English
Description xiv, 178 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-170) and index.
ISBN 9780544650312
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