Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer
Highlights from the new book "Making Burros Fly"
1957: Cleveland Amory begins working with The HSUS.
1963: He goes on The Today Show to expose and stop the "Bunny Bop," a NC tradition where locals bludgeon rabbits to a bloody pulp using sticks and stones.
1967: He creates The Fund For Animals, the first animal organization to specifically and aggressively address animal cruelty and to use field agents. Today, The Fund is part of The HSUS.
1974: His book Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife triggers a TV special with Dan Rather called The Guns of Autumn about the dark side of hunting culture. The New York Times praised Amory for being a rare writer who can "illuminate deep moral indignation with hilarious anecdotes and sardonic wit."
1979: He buys a 30 foot trawler and sails to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to confront the clubbers of baby seals. He spray-paints baby harp seals with red dye, ruining pelts and halting their killers. His campaign helps to achieve a cut back in the number of infant harp seals killed annually.
1979: He orchestrates a cowboy roundup of 577 wooly burros in the Grand Canyon and sets them dangling from a 50-foot cable from a helicopter, airlifting them from government sharpshooters. Today, biologists report that Amory's rescue changed how government manages wildlife -- with public input and humane considerations. This also opened the door for veterinarians to use helicopters to transport injured wildlife.
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