02.05.13

Live exports have resumed from the Port of Dover in Kent this morning (2 May) but our inspectors have not been granted permission to enter the port.

The Joline sailed from Dover at nine am today loaded with lorries of sheep for the journey to France and then possibly further afield.

We applied for permission to be present in the port to safeguard the welfare of the animals but received no response.

Our inspectors have been at the port … Continue reading…

RSPCA releases new cruelty statistics

30.04.13

Convictions for animal neglect and cruelty rose by nearly 34 per cent in 2012, a new RSPCA report reveals.

Launched during RSPCA Week, the RSPCA prosecutions annual report also shows there was a 15.7 per cent increase in the number of defendants convicted last year in England and Wales.

Animals rescued or collected by us increased from 119,126 to 130,695 (plus the rescue of 64,000 farmed chickens from one flooded barn).

RSPCA chief executive … Continue reading…

25.04.13

The rarest of the oiled birds rescued and cared for by us was the first to be released back to the sea on Tuesday 23.

An Arctic skua was rescued from Exmouth beach after he got covered in a gluey substance called polyisobutene or PIB. The substance renders seabirds helpless, restricting their mobility and preventing them from feeding as the chemical coats their plumage.

He was one of more than 200 birds taken to our West Hatch Wildlife CentreContinue reading…

24.04.13

We are marking World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April) by challenging the Government and scientists to prove that they are genuinely committed to effective regulation of animal experiments and to reducing the use and suffering of animals.

We want an independent inquiry into the recent BUAV footage showing serious alleged breaches of animal welfare at Imperial College London.

RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

“It’s all very well for the Government and organisations promoting animal research to trot

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23.04.13

In a case that would be the bafflement of Scotland Yard, our staff were left scratching their heads after a tiny kitten was discovered stuck between the wall cavity of a first floor flat, with no indication of how he got there – or how he managed to survive so long.

For five days a tenant, from Liskeard, south east Cornwall, had heard meowing coming from inside the walls of his flat. After becoming increasingly concerned about the plight … Continue reading…