08.10.13

As the first pilot badger cull in Somerset drew to a close yesterday, we are calling on the government to be transparent and share details about its effectiveness.

Officials said the six-week trials were intended as a way of testing the effectiveness and humaneness of shooting badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle.

Yet despite growing speculation about how successful the cull has been and much questioning, very little information has so far been revealed about … Continue reading…

07.10.13

We have launched an investigation into the apparent intentional killing of a juvenile swan in Westham, East Sussex on Saturday (5 October).

Shocked witnesses saw a brown Toyota or Mitsubishi pickup stop next to the pond on the High Street at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon, as a large cygnet was in the road.

The driver sounded his horn at least twice but when the swan didn’t move, the car appeared to deliberately drive over the cygnet – killing it. … Continue reading…

01.10.13

We have been called out to try and rescue between 400 and 500 mallard ducks caught in an oil spill on a lake in North Wales.

Most of the birds are heavily coated with a thick engine oil which was dumped in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen, Denbighshire on Thursday (26 September 2013).

RSPCA inspectors, including some specially trained in wildlife, are staging a major rescue of the birds before taking them to our wildlife centres for treatment and care.

RSPCA Inspector … Continue reading…

30.09.13

Sergeant Pen Farthing is up for a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Daily Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Awards after rescuing 500 stray dogs from the war zone in Afghanistan.

The former Royal Marine who set up Afghanistan’s first official animal rescue centre first became aware of the animal crisis while stationed in the country six years ago.

After breaking up a dogfight, a common ‘sport’ in the local villages, he was befriended by an injured dog, who followed Continue reading…

27.09.13

Yesterday (26 September) we and Redwings Horse Sanctuary carried out a day-long joint operation to remove a group of 46 horses from a field where they were at risk of suffering.

RSPCA Chief Inspector John Harrod and Inspector Claire Crowther met with Hampshire police, Redwings vet Nic De Brauwere and their round-up team at the site off New Odiham Road in Alton, Hampshire at 8am.  Hampshire Trading Standards have also been working on the issue and joined us at … Continue reading…