Our Dumb Animals

Shortly after the Civil War, wealthy American businessmen Henry Bergh, then serving as an aide at the American Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia, saw a peasant beating a horse. He ordered his driver to stop the carriage, lept out, and accosted the peasant. Shortly after this life-changing event, Bergh retured to the United States, but not before stopping off in London and visiting the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals (RSPCA), which had been founded in 1824.