Mercy: The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals

By FURSTINGER, Nancy

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9780544650312
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HMH


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2016  |  Elementary

Gr 5–7— Tackling the life of Henry Bergh (1813–88), the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Furstinger provides a satisfying account of an interesting, albeit little-known, figure whose contributions to animal and human rights were substantial. Although he never owned animals himself, Bergh felt a strong compassion for creatures that could not defend themselves. He spent many years of his life searching for a calling without finding a career...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

In the mid-nineteenth-century, Henry Bergh acquired his wealth the old-fashioned way: he inherited it. That money allowed him the luxury to dabble. He started college but didn't finish, wrote plays that were poorly received, and briefly served in a minor diplomatic post in Russia. While in St. Petersburg, Bergh witnessed a man cruelly beating his horse: "I...heard the cries as if they were the suffering of a tortured human. This burned like a brand in my soul." Thus ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

After witnessing a man beating his horse, Henry Bergh established an agency much like England's RSPCA and championed the passage of an animal anti-cruelty la...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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