We are appealing for information after one badger was killed and another seriously injured by snares set up at the entrance to their sett.

The two badgers caught were found entangled in a field in Moorends, near Doncaster in the illegally set free-running snares. It is thought they had been trapped for more than 24 hours.

One, a female, was taken to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire for treatment, care and rehabilitation three weeks ago, and is … Continue reading…


Members of the RSPCA are now invited to vote in the 2013 RSPCA Council election.

Our Council comprises up to 25 volunteers elected to serve as the charity trustees of the RSPCA.

Fifteen Council members are elected by the votes of RSPCA members and serve for three years, retiring on a rotational basis.

List of nominees

This year, there are five vacancies for Council members to be filled and nominations have been received as follows, in alphabetical order:


Rock star and RSPCA vice-president Dr Brian May is to speak at a public meeting in Dorchester this Friday to oppose plans to kill thousands of badgers in England.

The Government today confirmed that it still plans to go ahead with a cull of badgers and this could start in less than two weeks. As a result, those campaigning against these plans are gathering to discuss the potentially devastating impact they would have.

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Valour the new-born foal is recovering after being abandoned on Coity Common near Bridgend on Monday 13 May.

When RSPCA Inspector Nick de Celis was called out to check on a new-born foal, he fully expected to be looking for a mare and its new foal.

Inspector de Celis said:

When I arrived around 4.30pm there was no sign of the mare, only the foal which was so young it was still attached to the afterbirth.

The council

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One of our centres is looking after four orphaned badger cubs too little to survive without help.

The baby badgers have been brought to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire over the past few weeks. Two are just a few weeks old and the size of small puppies, all have lost their mums and need to be fed and cared for until they are old enough to look after themselves in the wild.

Lee Stewart, manager at … Continue reading…