The RSPCA is calling for the giving of pets as prizes to be banned – and is urging local authorities across England and Wales to act to protect “misunderstood” goldfish.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across England and Wales, the RSPCA fears that the “out-dated and cruel” spectre of pets being given away as prizes will return to fairgrounds as events resume in greater numbers.

Councils have been urged to take a lead on the issue – and ban … Continue reading…

The journey of two fat staffies put on a diet plan to shift the pounds is set to hit the nation’s TV screens. 

Tomorrow’s episode (6 July) of ‘The Dog Rescuers‘ on Five features Staffordshire bull terrier duo Honey and Spotty from Norwich, and their battle with weight loss.

RSPCA inspector Emily Astillberry paid a visit to the chubby duo after concerned reports about their condition were made to the charity.

While the RSPCA often deals with issues … Continue reading…

Dog owners have been reminded that electric shock collars are “dangerous” and “illegal” in Wales, after RSPCA Cymru received reports of a dog walker using a device in the grounds of the Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran. 

The animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public reported seeing an electric collar used numerous times on a young dog outside the Cwmbran hospital on 21 June.

Anyone with information about the alleged incident, or similar events, has been … Continue reading…

Wales will continue to display messages warning motorists about the dangers of leaving dogs in a hot car during spells of warmer weather.

The Welsh Government confirmed the “brilliant news” in a letter to the RSPCA, who have long championed the benefits the signage can play in raising awareness of their ongoing campaign.

Wales remains the only nation in Great Britain to have taken the step following calls from the animal welfare charity – with the Deputy Minister for … Continue reading…

Two London-based schools have won a prestigious RSPCA-backed debating competition, as the top primary and secondary school competitors are announced after hundreds took part.

Elmhurst Primary School and Sydenham School have won the Debate Mate Cup x RSPCA Grand Finals, beating off competition from 24 other schools in the two grand finales – with separate RSPCA-supported events for primary school pupils, and for secondary school pupils, for the very first time.

A total of 130 primary and secondary schools took … Continue reading…