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November 18, 2014

Humane Society International (HSI) is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States: Working together to advance animal protection around the world

Humane Society International (HSI) is the international affiliate of U.S.-based organization The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

HSI campaigns globally and has offices in Australia, Belgium (covering the EU), Canada, Costa Rica (covering Latin America), India and the United Kingdom. HSI shares a headquarters office with The HSUS in Washington, DC. The arrangement greatly benefits both entities, as it has aided HSI’s growth around the world and provides The HSUS with the ability to extend animal protection campaigns beyond U.S. borders.


Humane Society International was created by The Humane Society of the United States in 1991. The HSUS had been involved in international efforts to protect animals prior to 1991 (it was one of the organizations that supported the launch of the World Society for the protection of Animals in 1981), but increased globalization necessitated the formal creation of an international organization to advance the mission to protect all animals.


HSI campaigners based in the U.S. work closely with colleagues around the world and in collaboration with other organizations, extending animal protection work globally.

HSI and The HSUS have collaborated on many effective campaigns such as:

  • #BeCrueltyFree, the leading global campaign to end cosmetic testing on animals. This campaign began with HSI’s efforts to make the European Union a cruelty-free cosmetics market with dual bans on cosmetics animal testing and trade. We celebrated this precedent-setting achievement in 2013, while HSI’s campaign teams pressed for similar progress in the world’s other major cosmetics markets. In 2014, #BeCrueltyFree secured the passage of cosmetics animal testing and import bans in India, the lifting of China’s mandatory animal test requirement for domestically manufactured ordinary cosmetics, and the introduction of legislative bills in Australia, Brazil and the United States. Already in 2015, #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand has achieved a national testing ban, #BeCrueltyFree South Korea drove the introduction of a new federal bill to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals where non-animal alternative methods are available, and #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan secured the introduction of a federal bill with air-tight bans on both testing and sales of cruel cosmetics.
  • The international wildlife trade threatens the survival of many species – including elephants, rhinos, lions, polar bears, sharks and more -- and results in the inhumane treatment of billions of animals every year. HSI and The HSUS are helping save these species by working to increase international protections, to reduce demand among consumers, to pass ivory and shark fin sales bans, to combat trophy hunting, to improve enforcement of existing regulations, and to train wildlife law enforcement officials.
  • By working together in bodies such as the International Whaling Commission, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and on international trade agreements, HSI and The HSUS have helped enact and maintained international bans on commercial whaling, agreements to protect dolphins from being killed in tuna fisheries, protections of sea turtles and bans on seal product trade.
  • Issues such as horse slaughter, animal fighting, bullfighting, puppy mills, street dog protection, spaying and neutering, and factory farming cross borders and affect tourism and commerce. By operating programs globally, HSI and The HSUS help spread a humane approach in world economies and prevent the spread of cruelty where it would otherwise go unchecked.
  • Animal Care Expo, the world’s largest animal care conference, is hosted annually by The HSUS. HSI offers scholarships that have helped hundreds participants from other nations attend and gain valuable skills and networking opportunities in their field.