RSPCA releases new cruelty statistics


RSPCA Week logoConvictions 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).

RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

“The RSPCA is leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis. Our staff, volunteers and branches show tremendous dedication but they are struggling to keep up.

“For us, prosecution is always the last resort. Our inspectors investigated 150,833 suspected cruelty cases and issued 78,090 advice notices last year – these are extremely effective in improving the care of animals.

“However if there is evidence of a crime and serious animal abuse then we will take legal action to protect the animals and prevent further abuse. We also want to see judges taking these offences far more seriously.”

Time to care. Time to act.

Gavin continued:

“More animals need our help than ever before and I urge everyone to dig deep and give us as much support as you can – hold a fundraising event during RSPCA Week, volunteer for us, or if you are able, please give a new home to an abandoned or abused animal.

“Now more than ever we need all animal lovers to stand up against a rising tide of animal cruelty. We can’t do it without you.”

Show your support

Get involved

RSPCA Week 2013 runs from Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May and is an annual fundraising and awareness drive. Join one of the many activities planned for RSPCA Week 2013, or plan your own!

Give a gift

To give a monetary gift to RSPCA Week donate online, call 0300 123 8181 or text Week to 78866 now to give £3 (text costs £3 plus one standard network rate message).

Call for tougher sentencing

Support our call for stronger sentences for organised animal fighting and baiting offences. Ask your MP to write to the Secretary of State for Justice on this issue.

The cruelty statistics

The cruelty statistics for 2012 show why animals so desperately need the public to support the RSPCA this RSPCA Week and beyond:

  • 265 per cent rise in the number of animal welfare convictions relating to small mammals, eg rabbits, hamsters.
  • 123 per cent rise in the number of convictions relating to farm animals.
  • 117 per cent rise in the number of convictions relating to equines, ie horses, ponies and donkeys.
  • 34 per cent increase in the number of convictions.
  • 16per cent increase in the number of defendants convicted.

Read the report

The full prosecutions annual report 2012 is a shocking catalogue of deliberate cruelty and neglect – some of the worst cases ever seen by RSPCA inspectors.

Thanks to the RSPCA and its supporters there are also some amazing survival stories, including abandoned dog Brooke who was suffering terribly and half her ideal weight when she was found. Happily she made a full recovery and has been rehomed with the fosterer who nursed her back to health.

Providing an important service

The report makes shocking reading, but imagine sifting through evidence of cruelty day after day. Our prosecutions communications manager Susan Worsfold explains how she puts her personal feelings to one side in our latest blog post: