RSPCA releases new cruelty statistics

30.04.13

Convictions for animal neglect and cruelty rose by nearly 34 per cent in 2012, a new RSPCA report reveals.

Launched during RSPCA Week, the RSPCA prosecutions annual report also shows there was a 15.7 per cent increase in the number of defendants convicted last year in England and Wales.

Animals rescued or collected by us increased from 119,126 to 130,695 (plus the rescue of 64,000 farmed chickens from one flooded barn).

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25.04.13

The rarest of the oiled birds rescued and cared for by us was the first to be released back to the sea on Tuesday 23.

An Arctic skua was rescued from Exmouth beach after he got covered in a gluey substance called polyisobutene or PIB. The substance renders seabirds helpless, restricting their mobility and preventing them from feeding as the chemical coats their plumage.

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25.04.13

Welsh Government plans to make microchipping compulsory for all dogs in Wales have been welcomed by RSPCA Cymru.

The animal welfare charity has been leading the campaign on this issue in Wales for several years. RSPCA Cymru believes that compulsory microchipping will help make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost.

Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru head of external affairs said:

“Although we welcome this announcement, we

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24.04.13

The RSPCA is appealing for information on who dumped a horse at the side of a slip road off the A13 near Stanford-le-Hope in Essex.

The body of the piebald mare and her foal were found by police yesterday afternoon (23 April).

They were lying on the verge of a road leading off the B1007.

RSPCA Inspector Steven Craddock said:

“We believe they were dumped around teatime on the 22 April.

“If anyone saw a vehicle or horse box

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24.04.13

We are marking World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April) by challenging the Government and scientists to prove that they are genuinely committed to effective regulation of animal experiments and to reducing the use and suffering of animals.

We want an independent inquiry into the recent BUAV footage showing serious alleged breaches of animal welfare at Imperial College London.

RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

“It’s all very well for the Government and organisations promoting animal research to trot

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