Humane Society International (HSI)
HSI is the global arm of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Founded in 1991, HSI has expanded the HSUS’s program activities into Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. HSI’s Asian, Australian, and European offices, as well as offices in Costa Rica and Canada, help carry out and support field activities and programs in over 35 countries.
Our international efforts encompass relationships with the United Nations and work with various treaty and international agreements, including the World Trade Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, affecting animals and their habitats. HSI works with national and jurisdictional governments, conservation NGOs, humane organizations, and individual animal protectionists to find practical, culturally sensitive, and long-term solutions to common environmental and animal problems.
HSI Australia has a particular emphasis on the following areas:
- National and international biodiversity policy and implementation to protect habitats critical to the survival of many native species;
- Climate change, and the protection of “carbon sinks” such as rainforests and areas of high biodiversity value;
- Habitat protection in Australia with the Wildlife Land Trust, a not-for-profit network of wildlife sanctuaries around Australia;
- The ‘Humane Choice’ food label to improve the lives of farm animals and address the unsustainable practice of intensive farming;
- Disaster relief support in developing countries to rescue stricken and abandoned animals;
- Extinction Denied NGO grants program for animal protection and environment programs across Asia, Africa and India; and
- National and international marine campaigns against whaling, and seeking greater protection for sharks, turtles, albatrosses and threatened fish species.