Posts Tagged ‘RSPCA’

Harvey the trampolining dog found

June 23, 2008

A dog named Harvey who used a trampoline to escape over a garden fence has been reunited with his owners.

The black and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier pulled off the stunt to bound to freedom at noon on Friday.

But after this week’s publicity, his owner Laura Kidson, 27, received a call from the RSPCA on Tuesday night to say Harvey had been handed in to them at the weekend.

He has now been reunited with Miss Kidson, her four year old daughter Chloe and nine month old son Cole, who had been pining for him, at their home in York.

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Cuddling the class pet is cruel, RSCPA tells schools

May 30, 2008

Clutching the school guinea-pig or charting the growth of tadpoles in a jar has, for generations, been many children’s first encounter with the natural world.

But the practice of keeping animals in school is endangered and may even become extinct if RSPCA guidance is enforced.

Allowing small children, and even smaller creatures, to interact during lessons can be cruel, according to the animal welfare charity.

It says that the shrieks and grabbing hands of affectionate but boisterous pupils make the classroom a frightening and noisy place for pets. The health and wellbeing of animals can suffer even further if they are entrusted to children for the weekend, or over the holidays.

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Rapid rise in dumped pets – RSPCA

April 28, 2008

The RSPCA says it was called on to save nearly 150,000 animals last year.

Many of these were farm animals and pets rescued during the summer floods, or birds injured by oil spills.

However, 7,347 rescued animals were abandoned pets, compared with 5,959 in 2006. The charity warned that abandoning pets was an offence.

Examples of dumped animals included a litter of kittens left in a dustbin bag, and a rabbit abandoned in a box in a crushing machine at a recycling centre.

Excuses given by owners who no longer wanted to look after their pets were said to have included: “My dog hurts my legs when she wags her tail,” and “my cat doesn’t match my new carpet.”

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Consider how we interact with animals in the wild, farms, laboratories or our homes

February 29, 2008


The use of animals in research and testing is a controversial issue that arouses strong feelings in many people. The moral acceptability of using animals in experiments – whether in medical or veterinary research, to test the safety of chemicals such as pesticides, or simply to acquire scientific knowledge – is therefore heavily debated.

It is widely acknowledged, including within the law that regulates animal experiments in the UK, that animals are sentient and can have negative experiences, including those of fear and pain. This makes their potential for suffering and their use in experiments a matter of serious concern for the RSPCA. It is also unsurprising that, whilst appalled by the unacceptable activities of extremists, large sectors of the public consistently express their unease regarding this use of animals.

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Europe cracks down on animal transport

February 27, 2008


The UK branch of the RSPCA says strict regulations governing the transport of animals in the European Union has led to better welfare standards.

Each new truck has to have a GPS device, and the movement of every animal is logged.

Nations can be sanctioned if they are found to be transporting animals inappropriately.

Julia Wrathall from the RSPCA says Australia can learn from what’s being done in the EU.

“But certainly a number of them, a number of the rules that we have in place, for example, the one relating to competency of the hauler, which in the EU requires that the hauler has an understanding of the physiology and behaviour of the species they’re transporting and that they understand, for example, the impact of their driving style on the animal welfare, those things are very relevant whereever animals are transported,” she says.

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Stop shooting animals plea

February 21, 2008
Salem the cat, who was shot by thugs with an air rifle, with Dr Shams Mir from Anrich Veterinary Hospital
A campaign has been launched to stop illegal airgun use against birds and animals.

The RSPCA is acting after new figures reveal it gets at least one call a week from distraught owners in the region whose pets have been blasted by pellets.

The campaign follows a plea for greater control of the weapons from a leading Wigan vet.
Earlier this month, Anrich Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Shams Mir was forced to operate to save a Wigan cat which had been shot in the head.

The charity now says that it is “gravely concerned” about the scourge of airgun attacks on animals which is leaving pets and wild birds maimed or killed. The most common targets are pet cats, wild birds and water birds, although wild mammals and dogs are also regularly killed or injured by air guns.

Last year, the RSPCA received almost 200 calls regarding airgun incidents across the North West.

Wigan regional superintendent of the RSPCA David Millard said that “mindless airgun attacks” on pets and wildlife was a “serious and worsening” problem.

He fears that the figures only provided a “snapshot” of the scale of the cruelty involved.

The RSPCA believes there needs to be more publicity warning of the recent law change which has banned under-18s from possession of an airgun without supervision.

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