An “alarming” number of reports were received by the RSPCA about animals being targeted by air weapons and rifles over the last 18 months – despite lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions keeping people at home for long periods.

Since the beginning of 2020, 371 incidents have been reported to the RSPCA where the caller believed an air gun or rifle had been used to target an animal.

However, it is believed the total number of incidents will be substantially higher – … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is calling for the giving of pets as prizes to be banned – and is urging local authorities across England and Wales to act to protect “misunderstood” goldfish.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across England and Wales, the RSPCA fears that the “out-dated and cruel” spectre of pets being given away as prizes will return to fairgrounds as events resume in greater numbers.

Councils have been urged to take a lead on the issue – and ban … Continue reading…

The journey of two fat staffies put on a diet plan to shift the pounds is set to hit the nation’s TV screens. 

Tomorrow’s episode (6 July) of ‘The Dog Rescuers‘ on Five features Staffordshire bull terrier duo Honey and Spotty from Norwich, and their battle with weight loss.

RSPCA inspector Emily Astillberry paid a visit to the chubby duo after concerned reports about their condition were made to the charity.

While the RSPCA often deals with issues … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has praised Marks & Spencer’s “fantastic commitment to animal welfare” as it becomes the first major retailer to exclusively stock slower-growing, higher welfare chicken across its fresh produce range. 

In a first-of-its-kind move, M&S will expand its slower-growing, higher welfare chicken stock to cover all of its fresh chicken products by Autumn 2022.

All M&S fresh chicken will also be labelled RSPCA Assured – the charity’s dedicated farm animal welfare assurance scheme, promoting better welfare outcomes throughout a … Continue reading…

Two London-based schools have won a prestigious RSPCA-backed debating competition, as the top primary and secondary school competitors are announced after hundreds took part.

Elmhurst Primary School and Sydenham School have won the Debate Mate Cup x RSPCA Grand Finals, beating off competition from 24 other schools in the two grand finales – with separate RSPCA-supported events for primary school pupils, and for secondary school pupils, for the very first time.

A total of 130 primary and secondary schools took … Continue reading…