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Cleveland Amory (September 2, 1917 – October 14, 1998) was an American author who devoted his life to promoting animal rights. He was perhaps best known for his books about his cat, named Polar Bear, whom he saved from the Manhattan streets on Christmas Eve 1977.[1] The executive director of the Humane Society of the United States described Amory as "the founding father of the modern animal protection movement."[2]

BiographyEdit

Amory attended Harvard where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. Upon graduation, Amory became the youngest editor ever of The Saturday Evening Post. During the Second World War Amory served in military intelligence in the United States Army from 1941 to 1943. He joined the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States in 1962, remaining there until 1970.[3] In 1967, he founded the Fund for Animals.[4] Amory was also the president of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) from 1987 until his death of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 1998.[5]

He also was a television critic for TV Guide during the 1960s and 1970s.[6] Amory is noted for recruiting celebrities such as Doris Day, Angie Dickinson, and Mary Tyler Moore for his campaigns against fur clothing. He purchased the first ocean going vessel for Captain Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson used this boat in his first actions against the Japanese whaling fleet.[7] He enjoyed playing chess and was a member of the New York Athletic Club.Template:Citation needed

In 1988, he made his only film appearance in the role of Mr. Danforth in Mr. North.[8]

In 2005, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) formed a corporate combination with the Fund for Animals. The HSUS now operates the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary for animals in Texas.[9]

Amory was the subject of a 2006 biography Making Burros Fly by Julie Hoffman Marshall.[10]

Works Edit

Books Edit

  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas
  • The Cat and the Curmudgeon
  • The Best Cat Ever
  • Hometown
  • The Proper Bostonians
  • Who Killed Society? (1960)[11]
  • Cleveland Amory's Compleat Cat
  • The last resorts
  • Animail
  • Newport: There she sits
  • Cat Tales: Classic Stories from Favorite Writers
  • Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife
  • 1902 Edition of The Sears, Roebuck Catalog
  • The Trouble with Nowadays : A Curmudgeon Strikes Back
  • Ranch of Dreams: A Lifelong Protector of Animals Shares the Story of His Extraordinary Sanctuary

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