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Adrienne Dell on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

May 23, 2012

As a defense attorney and an animal lover, I am a longtime supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Since its founding in New York City in 1886, this non-profit organization has been dedicated to defending the rights of animals in the United States. 

While the group’s early activities focused on improving treatment for horses and livestock, it was not long before its focus broadened to include dogs, cats, and roosters used in cockfighting. Though much has changed since its inception, the ASPCA continues to work to ensure that all animals are treated in the kind and humane manner to which they are entitled. In addition to educational efforts, such as community outreach and anti-cruelty initiatives, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty through direct involvement using its legal authority to investigate and prosecute groups and individuals guilty of crimes against animals.

To determine whether the treatment of an animal in a particular situation is humane, the ASPCA makes evaluations based on the Five Freedoms:
• Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
• Freedom from Discomfort
• Freedom from Pain, Injury, or Disease
• Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
• Freedom from Fear and Distress

Using these key factors, the ASPCA is able to assess whether or not an animal’s living conditions meet its physiological, behavioral, social, and emotional needs.

About the Author:

Adrienne Dell is currently a sole practitioner working out of the Law Offices of Adrienne Dell in San Jose, California. Ms. Dell attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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