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Horses under threat

 

Rising flood waters in Wales 2004 have caused havoc in the country, and the RSPCA has been called out to rescue trapped horses, sheep and cattle.  As rivers burst their banks and farmland slowly disappeared under water, RSPCA inspectors tackled the dangerous task of moving animals that were at risk of drowning.  In Llanwst, in the Vale of Conwy, five RSPCA inspectors and two animal collection officers rescued seven horses stranded in a flooded field. Inspectors Phil Lewis and Tim Jones took the Society's rescue boat and successfully moved the horses to safety on higher ground. Eight cattle and 15 sheep also had to be moved to higher ground.  The Environment Agency confirmed that there are currently 17 flood warnings in place in the Midlands and 24 within Wales. Very high river levels means further flooding is expected.

 

Action for animals  There are now 323 uniformed RSPCA inspectors and 146 Animal Collection Officers (ACOs) in England and Wales working tirelessly for animals in distress. In 2002 inspectors investigated 114,004 animal cruelty complaints which resulted in 2,000 convictions.

Preventing abuse  The courts are a last resort for inspectors, who prefer to educate rather than prosecute. They watch the treatment of animals in transit, in markets, pet shops, boarding kennels and farms and offer help and advice about their care.  However, the RSPCA is prone to assisting Councils in planning cases, for all the wrong reasons, and frequently gang up on farmers and refuse to account for complaints, which they later say were received anonymously - but in fact were not.

Cruelty casebook  Every 20 seconds someone somewhere in England and Wales dials 0870 55 55 999 - the RSPCA's national cruelty and advice line - for help. In 2002 the RSPCA removed 183,609 animals from danger or abuse. Inspectors and ACOs are also an emergency service for injured, trapped, or stranded animals and in 2002 they carried out 11,311 rescues.

Animal care  The RSPCA rehomed 82,936 animals in 2002 - mostly through the Society's network of 183 branches. Branches are separately registered charities operating subject to RSPCA and branch rules. They work for animal welfare locally and many provide services including subsidized veterinary treatment for those in need, neutering and rehoming schemes. Together, branches are responsible for 40 branch-run clinics, 37 animal centres and ten animal welfare centres.

The RSPCA (national Society) is responsible for four animal hospitals, three specialist wildlife hospitals, one wildlife rehabilitation unit, 13 animal centres and five clinics throughout England and Wales.

All animals  The RSPCA's influence covers the whole range of animal protection. The Society is involved in practical welfare, law enforcement as well as high-profile campaigning and education. It employs veterinary experts and consultants in the care and treatment of farm livestock, wildlife, domestic pets and animals used in research.

Traditions maintained  The RSPCA's law-reforming origins are an important element of its work today. Much UK animal welfare legislation owes its existence to RSPCA campaigning, and the Society works for animal welfare at Westminster through its professional parliamentary lobbyists. Ministers and MPs frequently seek the advice and opinions of the RSPCA on legislative matters.

The RSPCA's reach extends into Europe through Eurogroup for Animal Welfare - a consortium of animal welfare organizations from each EU member state - that campaigns for improvements in animal welfare legislation.

Public eye  RSPCA advertising campaigns, television exposure, direct mail fundraising, promotional videos, magazines, booklets, leaflets and posters keep the Society at the forefront of public awareness about animal welfare.

Next generation  The RSPCA's education service also plays a key role. Support is provided in animal welfare education for students, teachers, youth organizations and trainers. A range of national curriculum linked resources are available, and activity days and courses are held at the four education centres. There is also a special RSPCA membership for schools. RSPCA school liaison officers work with approximately half a million pupils in England and Wales each year.

International aid  The RSPCA's overseas fund distributed more than 432,000 to animal welfare organisations in 39 different countries in 2002. There are more than 160 animal welfare organisations in 65 countries associated to the RSPCA.

 

www.rspcashop.co.uk  Order the products you need while raising much-needed funds for the RSPCA.

www.eurogroupanimalwelfare.org  Eurogroup works towards the introduction, implementation and enforcement of legislation on the protection of animals in the European Union.

www.animal-welfare.org.tw  The RSPCA's Chinese-language website serving mainland China, Taiwan and Chinese speakers worldwide. It describes the RSPCA's activities in the UK and contains more detailed information on the international department's projects in East Asia.

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RSPCA WATCHDOG: Sometimes the RSPCA get it wrong.


What to do if the RSPCA call  Helpline  Telephone Numbers  The RSPCA and The Animal Welfare Bill   Still unconvinced....? RSPCA Policy Statement.

Kangaroo courts, muzzled
watchdogs and fat cat bosses
...is this really the RSPCA
 
The Mail on Sunday June 17, 2001

Welsh Association of Licensed Kennels.  Lots of different RSPCA related links here!!

The RSPCA
and the
Perversion of Justice
 
Read about the RSPCA efforts at blackmail in this excerpt from Dr.Peachey's book
'The Cockfighters'

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
1932 and Amendments.
 
DEFENDING RSPCA ANIMAL WELFARE PROSECUTIONS
 

Notes prepared by:  Knights, Solicitors of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.for
THE AGRICULTURAL LAW ASSOCIATION
EQUINE LAW SEMINAR

RSPCA Told to Put Human Needs Before Animal Pain

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Britain's oldest animal welfare organisation but a recent convert to animal rights, has been instructed by the commission which oversees UK charities to stop campaigning against activities of benefit to man.

The truth behind the public smile  "In recent months we have become somewhat disenchanted with an old and much-loved British institution,............................"

Swansea Poster  Some RSPCA members from South Wales were so incensed about the vast amounts of money that is being hoarded by HQ. that they had this poster printed and circulated it around Wales. The RSPCA threatened libel action but was unable to proceed as the posters told the truth.

 

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