New polling of public, politicians and animal welfare experts highlights the need for the government to lead the way – and identifies the plight of research animals, breeding animals and those hunted for sport as top priorities.

This week we  hosted an animal welfare debate with leading animal welfarists and members of parliament at the site of our very first meeting back in 1824.

The panel was chaired by our head of public affairs and included:

The RSPCA is releasing its annual cruelty statistics for 2013 and West Yorkshire comes out worst across England and Wales for the number of people convicted of animal welfare offences.


One hundred and twenty six people were convicted of offences in West Yorkshire last year after the RSPCA brought prosecutions. Durham had the second-highest figure with 100 people convicted*.


The figures are just some of those which form part of the charity’s Prosecutions Annual Report**, published to coincide … Continue reading…

Convictions involving horses up by an astonishing 154 per cent


We have released our annual rescue and cruelty figures which show that we investigated almost 3,000 more complaints than in 2012. 

The figures are detailed in our Prosecutions Annual Report, released today, which also contains a shocking catalogue of cruelty including the stories of Rocky the dog who was shot six times and left to die in a ditch; and Florence the shih-tzu whose paws fell off after … Continue reading…


World renowned experts debate whose responsibility it is to treat animals humanely and how far we have progressed in the last 190 years.

We are celebrating our 190-year anniversary and to commemorate this we are hosting a debate with invited experts at the location of our first ever meeting in St Martin’s Lane, London.  This will be the start of a national conversation about who is responsible for animal welfare and where the challenges will occur in the future…. Continue reading…

The RSPCA says the main issues at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair* were dogs being left in hot cars and the over-working of horses, despite warnings ahead of the annual gypsy and traveller event.


The fair started on Thursday (6 June) and is winding down to its official end tomorrow (Thursday 11 June).


Four collie-type dogs were removed from the back of a pick-up truck on Friday afternoon (7 June). They were checked over by a vet and … Continue reading…