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

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Praised as “a dramatic and absorbing account,” this extremely entertaining and meaningful biography follows Henry Bergh, an American pioneer of animal rights and the founder of the ASPCA.

Henry Bergh didn’t seem like the kind of man who would speak up for animals. He’d never even had a pet before. But after witnessing horrific animal cruelty in the streets of New York and attending a bullfight in Spain, Bergh knew animals needed a champion to protect them. One hundred fifty years ago, Henry Bergh found his calling—to become an advocate of animal rights, found the ASPCA, and advocate for many animal cruelty prevention laws. Bergh worked hard to protect animals across the country, as “mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.”

About the Author

Nancy Furstinger has been speaking up for animals since she learned to talk, and she hasn't shut up yet. She is the author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic: animals! She started her writing career in third grade, when her class performed a play she wrote while recovering from chicken pox. Since then, Nancy has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. She shares her home with big dogs, house rabbits, and a chinchilla (all rescued), and volunteers with several animal organizations. Visit her website at

Praise For…

". . . a dramatic and absorbing account."

". . . this well-researched biography of the organization’s founder, Henry Bergh (1813–1888), contains abundant information illustrating the evolution in attitudes about the treatment of animals."
—Publishers Weekly

"Well-documented, with sidebars on Alcott, Darwin, public health, child labor, and more, Furstinger's lively narrative fills a void."

". . . the full-color illustrations do an effective job of depicting the injustices toward animals, enhancing the story, and evoking empathy in readers."
—School Library Journal

"Intermittent color illustrations enhance the text, while Bergh himself, eccentric, devoted, and tireless, will intrigue young readers with his compassion for creatures with no voices of their own."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780358240266
ISBN-10: 0358240263
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 10th, 2021
Pages: 192

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