Henry Bergh (born: New York City of German ancestry, 1823 - New York City, 1888) was the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1866), and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (1874).
Alone, in the face of indifference, opposition, and ridicule, he began a reform that is now recognized as one of the beneficent movements of the age.
"This is a matter purely of conscience; it has no perplexing side issues. It is a moral question in all its aspects."
"The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" was founded in London in 1840.
Henry Bergh married Catherine Matilda Taylor. He was buried in Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, with his wife's remains.
- "Declaration of the Rights of Animals"
- "The Streets of New York", tales and sketches
- "Love's Alternative", drama
- "The Portentous Telegram"
- "The Ocean Paragon,"
- "Married Off", poem, (London, 1859).
Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.
- Bergh, Henry. By Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB, Executive Vice President National Programs and Science Advisor.
- "The Great Adventure" The Henry Bergh Story (1964).
- History. ASPCA
- Henry Bergh Harvard Square Library.
- DEATH OF HENRY BERGH; HELPLESS ANIMALS LOSING THEIR PROTECTOR. CAREER OF THE MAN WHOSE MONUMENT IS THE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
- Henry Bergh.