The tomb of Henry Bergh, founder of A.S.P.C.A.

by Tim Soter

It must have been a pretty radical idea in 1866, to create the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere  “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Bergh was also in instrumental in the passing of the first effective legislation against animal cruelty in the United States, passed into law by the New York State Legislature.  He was a very wealthy man who could have enjoyed his riches anyway he liked yet spent his life indentured in the servitude of the care of animals.

He is buried in Greenwood’s Cematary in Brooklyn, NY.