Today the government announced that the number of animals used annually in scientific procedures in the UK has increased yet again, and shockingly, has now broken the four million mark.

There have been disappointing increases in the use of animals such as mice, dogs and primates.

The figures include:

  • Increase of 8.4 per cent in the number of scientific procedures carried out on animals (compared to 2011).
  • Increase of 8.7 per cent in the number of animals used (compared
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A new survey by our Freedom Food scheme today reveals some people don’t even know the basics when it comes to food and farming – even which farm animals fly and which ones walk.

When given a list of food delicacies – including two spoof ones – and asked to indicate which they had tried, one in 10 people astonishingly said they had tasted ‘chicken trotters’. In addition, eight per cent of the respondents said they had tried … Continue reading…


We have released a list of the silliest calls we have received this summer in a bid to discourage time wasters.

The number of telephone calls to our 24-hour Cruelty telephone line has risen by a whopping 65 per cent since last January, and we are asking the public to show patience as we prioritise the workload.

Although the number of calls to the 0300 1234 999 helpline increases each year during the summer months, this year has … Continue reading…

Pets dumped in bins, boxes and buckets


The RSPCA have reported an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales.

In the last year, we were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds.

Every year we see a sharp rise in abandonments at the height of summer. Evidence from us and other animal charities suggests some people chose to get rid of their pets rather … Continue reading…


We have teamed up with toy retailer Hamleys to offer our young supporters the chance to attend a party to remember.

Five lucky junior members  will each win an invitation to an exclusive party being held at the London toy store in September. The two-and-a-half hour party, worth £1800, has been kindly donated to us by Hamleys.

The winners and their friends will be treated to a red carpet arrival, a treasure hunt, face painting, a magic show, Hamleys … Continue reading…