February 1, 2010
What Sets HSI Apart?
Humane Society International believes that compassion for animals is a natural human condition regardless of culture, economic circumstance, or political system. By recognizing and celebrating the bond between animals and people throughout the world, we can start to break down the barriers to animal protection and create a new global culture: a culture of compassion for all animals.
Our organization has a strong record of program achievements and serves a critical and expanding role in global efforts to reduce animal suffering. Through fieldwork, policy formation, humane education, direct care and services, and funding of in-country partners, HSI has helped advance the cause of animal welfare in dozens of nations worldwide by protecting street dogs, responding to disasters, saving wild animals from abuse, protecting marine mammals, fighting factory farming, and striving to end toxicity testing on animals.
Active on nearly every continent, HSI is one of the few international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife. HSI works with partners to implement on-the-ground programs and empower local organizations. As the global arm of The Humane Society of the United States, we are deeply committed to extending our international reach and to expanding our service and support to local organizations.
HSI seeks out innovative and scientifically sound approaches to animal welfare and relies on a network of on-staff and external experts to make the case for policy change to improve the lives of animals and people. For example, HSI is promoting the use of a contraceptive vaccine to manage elephant populations. Our animal research experts are using scientific arguments to end animal testing globally. Our wildlife experts play a crucial role in efforts to address wildlife suffering in international trade. Our farm animal experts are challenging the expansion of investment in intensive animal agriculture. Our companion animal experts have pioneered a high-volume approach to the humane management of street dog populations and are helping to change human attitudes and behavior toward these animals.
With the continuing support of donors and advocates, HSI is working to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and caring.