08.10.13

As the first pilot badger cull in Somerset drew to a close yesterday, we are calling on the government to be transparent and share details about its effectiveness.

Officials said the six-week trials were intended as a way of testing the effectiveness and humaneness of shooting badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle.

Yet despite growing speculation about how successful the cull has been and much questioning, very little information has so far been revealed about … Continue reading…

07.10.13

We have launched an investigation into the apparent intentional killing of a juvenile swan in Westham, East Sussex on Saturday (5 October).

Shocked witnesses saw a brown Toyota or Mitsubishi pickup stop next to the pond on the High Street at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon, as a large cygnet was in the road.

The driver sounded his horn at least twice but when the swan didn’t move, the car appeared to deliberately drive over the cygnet – killing it. … Continue reading…

25.09.13

We are appealing for information after a heron was shot with an airgun.

The juvenile bird was spotted in a garden in Yeovil, Somerset by a passing dog walker. He was in an underweight state and struggling to fly. We were called and an inspector came to rescue the bird and take him to the nearby West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

A veterinary examination revealed an airgun pellet and fracture in the wing, but it is hoped with a … Continue reading…

23.09.13

We are appealing for information after a young cat had to have her leg amputated after being shot by an air rifle in Poole.

Phoenix, an 18 month old pale ginger cat, left her home as usual late in the evening of 10 September.

Her brother Jinx returned home, but the cats’ owner Vicky Willan didn’t see Phoenix again until Friday morning (13 September) when she found the cat at the front of her house crying and unable to … Continue reading…

30.08.13

We helped to rescue a stray pony after he stepped onto the hard cover of a swimming pool in Chichester, and plunged through getting trapped between two sections of the broken cover.

The incident happened at a house in Marsh Lane, in Runcton, near Chichester on Thursday morning.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens said:

“I arrived just after the fire brigade at 7.30am to find the black and white pony up to his neck in the shallow end

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