Friday, 19 June 2009
RSPCA INSPECTORS KILL DOGS AS PART OF THEIR TRAINING
Enquiry history RSPCA Inspector Training Enquiry. LETTER TO RSPCA (2006)
It has been brought to my attention that RSPCA inspectors are required to kill animals as part of their training. I have heard that this is done both with animals in a slaughterhouse and also shooting dogs, for example, in animal shelters.
The following link has relevant extracts from your Watchdog magazine; http://www.webtribe.net/~watchdog/watchdog73.htm
Can you please comment on this practise and whether this is still part of your inspectors training?
Thank you for your recent enquiry expressing your concerns about the euthanasia of animals by student inspectors. The training of student inspectors in all routes (by firearms and injection methods) of euthanasia is essential. While nobody becomes an inspector to euthanase animals, sometimes this is the kindest and only option, particularly with animals that are sick or injured. It is also sometimes necessary to euthanase those animals for which appropriate homes are not available and which would therefore endure long-term suffering through deprivation of basic needs (as far as domestic animals are concerned, this in itself reduces the space for an animal that could be rehomed). All 'initial' euthanasia performed by staff members must be supervised by a veterinary surgeon to ensure that animals are not subjected to unnecessary stress. Where appropriate, sedation is used but the temperament of the animal is assessed before the process is undertaken. I would like to assure you that all students are assessed for their competence before they are allowed to perform euthanasia unsupervised. The ethics of human destruction are an integral part of the training process and euthanasia is one of the most difficult areas for new inspectors to come to terms with. All students are trained in the theory and practice on prosthesis before being allowed anywhere near a live animal. The RSPCA works tirelessly to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and to alleviate the suffering of all animals. Sadly, it is often left to organisations like the RSPCA to 'pick up the pieces' from irresponsible pet owners who allow their animals to breed indiscriminately or who abandon their animals when surplus to their requirements. I hope that the above information clarifies this matter and alleviates any concerns that you may have.
Thank you for contacting the Society.
Kind regards RSPCA Enquiries Service