We have vowed to carry on pushing for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a UK government Select Committee ruled legislation could be considered in the future.  

A report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has recommended that the UK government must establish how many primates, and of what type, are kept and traded as pets in England and take a number of steps to improve their welfare in the meantime.

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We’re urging people not to bring dogs to Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria during the annual Gypsy and Traveller event, which starts today (Thursday, 5 June).

Despite repeatedly advising people of the dangers, we rescued a German Shepherd dog from a hot car last year. The owner was convicted of two offences, banned from keeping dogs and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs. The previous year two dogs were removed from hot cars. Their owners received cautions.

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after ten kittens were found dumped in a box in the middle of a field in Sutton Bridge, Norfolk.

One of the tiny animals, thought to be around three to four weeks old, was already dead and the other nine were all suffering from severe conjunctivitis and dehydration.

They were found early on Monday morning (2 June) by a passing farm worker on land near Gunthorpe Road, Walpole Marsh. The RSPCA were called and … Continue reading…


RSPCA members have voted in five new members to the ruling council.

Following the recent RSPCA National Council election, the following members have been elected to serve for the next three years with effect from 14 June 2014.

  • Mr Adrian Donno
  • Mr Christopher Laurence
  • Mrs Sally Phillips
  • Mr Joseph Piccioni
  • Mrs Christina Tomlinson

Peta Watson-Smith did not gain enough votes and will not be on the RSPCA council.

RSPCA chairman Mike Tomlinson said:

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RSPCA Cymru has expressed disappointment that no plans to implement a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses were included in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.

This suggests the UK Government will fail to introduce a ban by the end of the present Parliament.

Previously, the Welsh Government has stated its willingness to allow the UK Government to legislate on its behalf on this issue.

However, following a worrying lack of progress at Westminster, RSPCA Cymru is renewing Continue reading…