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.
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
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
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
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.
Order the products you need while raising much-needed funds
for the RSPCA.
Eurogroup works towards the introduction, implementation
and enforcement of legislation on the protection of animals in the
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.
Food's fab February 2004 offer Freedom
Food's online store Farm Gate Direct February offer -
report and accounts
and into the future Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ)
to do if the RSPCA call
RSPCA and The Animal Welfare Bill Still
unconvinced....? RSPCA Policy Statement.
watchdogs and fat cat bosses
...is this really the RSPCA
Mail on Sunday June 17, 2001
Association of Licensed Kennels.
Lots of different RSPCA
related links here!!
Read about the RSPCA efforts
at blackmail in this excerpt from Dr.Peachey's book
Notes prepared by: Knights, Solicitors of
Tunbridge Wells, Kent.for
THE AGRICULTURAL LAW ASSOCIATION EQUINE
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.
truth behind the public
"In recent months we have become somewhat
disenchanted with an old and much-loved British
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.