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…


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.

Dr Ros Clubb, … Continue reading…


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.

Dogs die in … 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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The omission of a ban of circus animals in the Queen’s Speech is ‘unacceptable’.

We’re disappointed that the UK government ministers have failed to include a ban of wild animals in circuses Bill in this year’s Queen’s Speech and have branded the omission ‘outdated.’

We, alongside other animal welfare organisations such as The Born Free Foundation, British Veterinary Association and Captive Animals’ Protection, have long been pushing for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. … Continue reading…