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Born: August 29, 1811

Died: March 12, 1888 (aged 76)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Activist

Bio: Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in April, 1866, three days after the first effective legislation against animal cruelty in the United States was passed into law by the New York State Legislature. Bergh also prompted the formation, in 1874, of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

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