31.10.13

In readiness for tonight’s Halloween festivities, we have released a few important tips to keep dogs safe and comfortable.

Last year we received around 5,550 calls on Halloween from people seeking help and advice.  With the number of calls for help increasing every year, we are bracing ourselves for another busy night.

RSPCA dog expert Lisa Richards said:

“Halloween is growing in popularity every year, and while it is a fun night of costumes and chocolates it does present

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30.10.13

We have welcomed the launch of a new study into the puppy trade across Europe, amid concerns of poor welfare standards and breeding practices.

We have concerns that dogs and cats within some EU member states are being bred irresponsibly and with welfare standards that fall well below even the minimum standards in the UK.

Joe Moran, our senior parliamentary adviser for Europe, said he hopes the new study by the European Commission could be the first step towards … Continue reading…

29.10.13

We are thanking pet owners and farmers for keeping their animals safe during the recent stormy weather.

Animal rescue teams were on standby to deal with emergencies as strong winds and rain lashed England and Wales on Sunday (October 27).

Happily pet owners and farmers are thought to have acted on warnings and moved their animals indoors or to higher ground.

Chief Inspector Dermot Murphy said:

“Our inspectors and call handlers were ready to deal with any emergency situation

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28.10.13

We are shocked to learn that a raccoon was made to wear a bow tie and ride a bicycle at Bluewater Shopping Centre this weekend, and fear it could encourage others to host a similarly irresponsible show in the lead up to Christmas.

The event occurred as part of a ‘Pet Expo’ which aimed to promote responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, but we strongly disagree that this aim has been achieved by an animal performing such a circus-style … Continue reading…

24.10.13

We are aghast to hear the badger cull in Gloucestershire has been extended for more than double its length, which could make the problems of bovine TB in cattle worse not better.

The government has now confirmed it will extend this pilot cull by an extra eight weeks after the numbers of badgers shot were revealed as less than half the target recommended by its own research. Only 30% of badgers were killed in this area in the previous … Continue reading…