Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City. The ASPCA was modeled on the (British) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, established in 1824.Among the primary concerns of the ASPCA were cockfighting and inhumane treatment of cattle and hogs in slaughterhouses. These remain concerns of the organization, but today it is more associated with improving the health and welfare of pets.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry abuse Verb
to treat wrongly, or in a harmful way.
cows and oxen.
having to do with causing pain and suffering in others.
health care Noun
system for addressing the physical health of a population.
kind or gentle.
natural disaster Noun
an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.
failure to pay attention.
substance that harms health.
first or most important.
to take action to prevent injury or attack.
building or series of buildings where animals are taken to be killed and butchered.
person who studies the health of animals.
health or well-being.