A petition against the government’s impending badger cull has reached a record number of signatures, as we call for greater transparency about how the humaneness of the culling method is to be tested.

More than 258,770 people have now added their name to the Number 10 e-petition protesting plans to shoot badgers as a way of combating bovine TB – making it the best supported of its kind.

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Our chief executive today urged countryside groups to sign up to a new self regulating association to ensure traditional countryside pursuits can be enjoyed without breaking the law.

Gavin Grant today spoke at the CLA Game Fair in Warwickshire, one of the biggest events on the countryside calendar. During his speech he proposed the idea of an independent trail and drag hunt association, which would have our support.

Mr Grant suggested that hunts sign up to the self regulating … Continue reading…


We’re bracing ourselves for ‘Black Saturday’ – the busiest day of the year for our emergency helpline.

On Saturday 20 July, we expect to receive a call for help for an animal at least every eight seconds. We’re already receiving a record number of calls (a 65 per cent increase since January 2012), and hundreds more animals being abandoned over the summer period.


Help us make light work of Black Saturday

RSPCA Chief Officer of the Inspectorate Kevin … Continue reading…


Figures reveal that almost 800 air rifle attacks were reported to us in 2012.  The horrific attacks include several cats shot in the face and whose eyes had to be removed and others who did not survive.

There were 799 incidents reported to is in 2012.  This was an increase of 40 compared to 2011 (759).  Shocking figures show that for the first six months of 2013, 438 reports had already been received.

This indicates that the overall figure … Continue reading…


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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