Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Referral protocol RSPCA/ Luton Children Services & Bedfordshire Police

Three categories of animal abuse are:

•Physical abuse; Includes kicking, punching, throwing, burning, microwaving, drowning, asphyxiation and the administration of drugs or poisons.

•Sexual: Any use of an animal for sexual gratification.

•Neglect: A failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, companionship or veterinary attention.Contacts for referrals and enquiries

RSPCA Luton Area inspector: Chief Inspector Rob Skinner

Bedford Area Inspector: Chief Inspector Mark Thompson

Tel: 0300 1234999


In a 2001 review of Midas Dekker's Dearest Pet: On Bestiality, Singer argues that sexual activities between humans and animals that result in harm to the animal should remain illegal, but that "sex with animals does not always involve cruelty" and that "mutually satisfying activities" of a sexual nature may sometimes occur between humans and animals


The Late Alan Brough in the 70's with Lion Cub 


A Cumbrian ‘animal lover’ who owned the wild ponies of Caldbeck Common is thought to have killed himself after they were taken away by the RSPCA and he was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.

Alan ‘Tutty’ Brough, 68, from Newbiggin, near Penrith, was arrested at 8.30am on Wednesday shortly before a major RSPCA and police operation began to catch about 90 of his ponies that had lived wild on Uldale and Caldbeck commons for 30 years.
After being released from Carlisle’s Durranhill police station at 3pm, Mr Brough returned home but later drove to St Ninian’s Church at Brougham, where his family say he was found hanged.
One of his four daughters, Kathleen Michie, from Carlisle, said: “It was not my dad who walked out of the police cells – he was trance-like. He said they had taken his life. He was not a people person, he preferred animals. We ran down to the car to stop him leaving the house and I took the keys out of the car.
“We spent 45 minutes talking to him and eventually he agreed to take his grand-daughter Natasha with him – he wanted to go and think.
“He stopped at Rheged for fuel and drove off when Natasha went to pay. She chased him and jumped in front of the car. But he drove off when she tried to get in.”
The 18-year-old alerted the rest of the family, who gave chase. Natasha eventually found her grandfather by the River Eamont.
His daughter Kathleen added: “We had begged him to carry on and fight for the ponies. He spent half his life fighting the parish council and Caldbeck Commoners to keep the ponies on the common.
“He got up at 5am every day to go out and gather grass for his horses. He spent every day with them.”
The ponies were rounded up and loaded onto lorries on Wednesday before being taken to new homes. Mr Brough, a builder, was not told of the operation before it started.
He first released the Shetland ponies onto the common when he lived at Mosedale when his daughters outgrew them. The ponies bred and multiplied, becoming a tourist attraction on the commons.
In an effort to control numbers, a castration programme was started by landowners, The Lake District National Park Authority, two years ago. Mr Brough co-operated with the programme but the RSPCA got involved after welfare concerns were raised.
following advice from a vet, four ponies were seized by Cumbria police last Friday. The RSPCA said one pony was put to sleep because of its poor condition.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society and Horse World were involved in Wednesday’s operation and they are housing the ponies in undisclosed locations. Mr Brough’s family have not been told where they are.
A statement from the RSPCA and other horse charities involved in Wednesday’s operation said: “We are saddened by what has happened and our thoughts are with Mr Brough’s family at this time.”
Paragon Veterinary Group has castrated many of the ponies over the last two years.
David Black from the group said this week: “Of the ponies we saw, considering their management as wild ponies, the vets involved did not have concerns about their body condition.”
Mr Brough was well-known in his home town of Penrith and once kept lions at his Mosedale home in the hope of starting a zoo.
His family said he would never have let any animal suffer and that he was treating the horse that was put down by police. His daughter Cindy said the family were angry with police.
She added :“He was taken away for the best part of the day. They put him in the cells and broke his heart. It was as if they wanted him out of the way so they could take the horses.”
Mr Brough leaves his wife Kathleen, four daughters and nine grandchildren.
Enquiries into Mr Brough’s death are ongoing, but officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.The RSPCA has offered to return Caldbeck’s wild ponies to the widow of Alan Brough who was found dead last week after the charity removed his animals from the common.

Kathleen Brough, from Newbiggin, near Penrith, will meet officers from the RSPCA on Monday to discuss the return of the animals.
Around 100 ponies were removed from Caldbeck and Uldale commons on Wednesday and Thursday in an operation involving police, the RSPCA, the British Horse Society and several other charities.
Mr Brough was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty before the operation started on Wednesday morning.
He was not charged.
Hours after his release on bail, he was found dead by the River Eamont at St Ninian’s Church, Brougham, by his grand daughter.
Mr Brough’s daughter, also called Kathleen, said: “The RSPCA has told mum she can have as many back as she wants. She wants them all back and the whole family will help to look after them.
“He (Alan) died to get them back, we can’t turn our backs on them. They won’t tell us where the ponies are and it’s torture.”
The RSPCA took action after welfare concerns were raised about the ponies. One was put to sleep because of its poor condition.
The RSPCA said in statement: “We certainly would not rule out any suggestions put forward by the family providing, of course, the needs of the animals can be met.”
The ponies have become a tourist attraction since Mr Brough released the first few onto the common more than 30 years ago. The 68-year-old builder would take hay and grass to the ponies every day and his family said they were his life.
James Irving, chairman of Uldale Commoners Association, worked with Mr Brough for two years to control their numbers. A castration programme began two years ago in co-operation with Mr Brough and landowners, the Lake District National Park Authority.
Mr Irving said: “Everyone living round here is in shock, it’s horrendous what’s happened.
“We’re upset and furious at the way the RSPCA and British Horse Society handled this. The farmers, commoners, National Park and Mr Brough were happy with the castration programme.
“We’re all farmers round here, we know when something is suffering and these ponies had a happy life.”

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


This lucky transvestite received just a caution, for having sex with a dog at an English Heritage castle best known for its family days out - but only once the matter had been "referred to the appropriate agency", according to the police. Is the RSPCA really an "agency" these days? If they strive to be "appropriate", perhaps they ne...ed to get a Vice-President other than Peter Singer who teaches his students that "zoophilia" can be "mutually satisfying" for all participants. I suppose if the transvestite had been a huntsman, or the dog had been a squirrel or a fox, the story would have had a very different ending. He would have felt the full weight of the charity's private prosecution department and its very hungry lawyers.

Transvestite had sex with a dog at English Heritage castle
A transvestite had sex with a dog in the moat of an English Heritage castle

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010



I was going to call this post “Stand up for liberty: drown a grey squirrel.” But I expect the jackbooted social workers at the RSPCA would be on to me like a shot, having me prosecuted under Section 213a of the 2006 Animal Welfare Act for “incitement to cruelty” against our bushy-tailed grey incomer from across the pond. They’ve been on my case ever since I released a killer hamster into the wild, so I doubt I could expect any mercy.

But it has to stop, doesn’t it, this nonsense? £1500 in court costs is an awful lot of money for a window cleaner to have to pay for having simply drowned a garden pest in a water butt. An awful lot for anyone, come to that. And according to the gloating animal rights freaks at the RSPCA, this is just the start.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) said the ‘test case’ could pave the way for hundreds of other cases nationally as the extermination of grey squirrels continues to spiral.
Let’s remind ourselves how this craziness started, shall we? Shortly before gaining power in 1997, Tony Blair’s despicably corrupt New Labour administration accepted a £1 million donation from something called the Political Animal Lobby. The 2006 Animal Welfare Act was part of its belated payback to PAL, as well as a sop to the militant wing of the Labour party which was slavering after a red meat – sorry: organic green lentil – policy to make up for all Blair’s supposedly right-wing actions like his involvement in the second Gulf War.

If ever a dire law was in need of repeal, the Animal Welfare Act is it. Which is why of course, it won’t be. For Dave’s Coalition such a repeal would smack far too much of reasonableness and competence.


Someone needs to teach the same lesson to those prize 21st-century twerps at the RSPCA.
Forty years ago, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was a much-needed voice of mercy on animal matters.
It identified serious lapses of humanity towards helpless beasts and campaigned for an end to practices which discredited us as a civilisation.

The mistreatment of pit ponies, the conditions in which livestock were taken to market, the keeping of trophy animals in tiny cages in zoos: these were issues on which the RSPCA and other animal welfare campaigners put a stop to shameful neglect.
I used to be a youth member and still remember the RSPCA's magazine, Animal Ways, with its black and white photos of inspectors in peaked caps and factual stories about animal husbandry. There was a brisk, slightly manly practicality to the RSPCA in those days.
Sally Case RSPCA Prosecutions Head
Today, sadly, it seems to be losing touch with common sense and is pursuing animal rights with a furious logic that seems to have more to do with vexatious litigiousness and a big-sister view of social engineering rather than balanced, public interest charity work.
Yesterday came news of a court case which suggests that modern Britain has fallen prey to this soppy-mindedness.

The stupid thing is that it will only bring real animal welfare into disrepute.
It is the sort of idiocy, I suggest, that springs from animal 'rights' becoming a vehicle for shrill, politically minded, urban activists - often with nose studs and purple hairdos and a problem with tolerance.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


The Daily Mail reports that a man has just been fined £1500 for drowning a squirrel.
Tim Bonner, a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, said the RSPCA was using the courts to push its policy on animal rights.

'Killing grey squirrels is a good thing - there are far too many of them and they threaten our native species and woodland,' he said.
'It is absolutely ridiculous that the RSPCA has spent thousands dragging this man through the courts when he was clearly unaware of the law.
'They are using the courts as a propaganda vehicle.'

The ludicrous thing is that a fine of this magnitude is rarely handed out by magistrates courts for what most of us would consider serious crimes, clearly hurting a squirrel is far more serious than hurting one of your fellow beings.
The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA who warned that "that many common methods of killing grey squirrels and other pests could now fall foul of the law, and said the only humane way to dispatch them would be to take them to a vet for a lethal injection - at a cost of up to £70."
Clearly, the RSPCA has now become an Animal Right Organisation, rather than an animal protection organisation, and it is apparently is more interested in publicity than genuinely protecting animals. Grey squirrels are a pest, but it seems that we are not now permitted to kill pests unless it is done in such a manner that the animal might suffer in the course of its death.What about rats? I've used a standard bait feeder with warfarin laced corn on and off for a number of years now; does this cause suffering to rats and are the RSPCA going to start prosecuting people who do this?
I wonder if this is what the people who put money in their collecting boxes really expect?
Certainly they won't be getting a penny more out of me.

Monday, 5 July 2010




The case concerns a woman, for 20 years an NHS nurse who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the first Gulf War. Until recently, she was a semi-professional dog breeder, living happily at home with her eight-year-old son (his father having walked out when she was pregnant).

In March, their home was raided by two RSPCA officials and five policemen, complaining she had too many dogs in the house. Her home was untidy because she was clearing an attic, but the seizing of the dogs (breaking the leg of one of them) left it a befouled mess.
Acting on a tip-off from the RSPCA, Leeds social workers then intervened, and expressed surprise that the house was tidier than they expected. Nevertheless, they told the mother to bring her son's clothes to school, from where he was taken into foster care.
After three months, during which he has only been allowed short supervised "contact" with his mother, the boy is miserable, constantly asking when he can return home. His mother has repeatedly had to draw the social workers' attention to various conditions, such as head lice and threadworm, which indicated that he was not being properly cared for. Last week they announced that they were moving him to another foster home.
Although there was no evidence that she was anything other than an admirable mother, apart from the temporary mess made of the house in March, the social workers say her son cannot be allowed home until they have both undergone "psychiatric assessments". These cannot be arranged until October. Nor has the boy yet been given a guardian to represent him, as the law lays down.

I want to come home mummy: Aged five, 'Jenny' was torn from her parents by social workers after an RSPCA raid. Now a court says she must be adopted...

Lord Justice Wall branded behaviour as disgraceful 

The chief reason offered by the social workers for abducting the girl two years ago was that her home had been left in an appalling mess after a raid by RSPCA officials and 18 policemen. They ransacked the premises looking for non-existent guns, and released into the house a pack of dogs kept in kennels outside by her father, a professional dog-breeder. The parents were arrested for protesting at what was happening (the mother suffering a miscarriage while in police custody) and the social workers were summoned to remove their daughter.

Concerns over 'overzealous' RSPCA

 Mr Rich said he has clients who have been reported to social services after animal welfare workers inspected their animals.
He added there was no evidence in these cases to suggest the children had been abused.
Draft proposals have been drawn up by the London Safeguarding Children Board and the RSPCA.
These protocols would see the RSPCA cross reporting to children's social care departments households with children where there has been deliberate harm to animals or where animals had been deprived food, water, shelter or access to a vet.
Mr Wass, is adamant that this is not how his staff operate in the field.
"I am not aware of these protocols....that is not the way we want our officers to behave."

RSPCA - Kind to animals, cruel to humans

Thursday, 1 July 2010



A giant 4ft 9ins bird which had been on the run since Christmas has died after the RSPCA made a disastrous attempt to rescue it.

The rhea was recaptured by staff from the charity on Wednesday after being cornered and tranquillised with a dart gun in a country lane in Suffolk.
But the creature died around four hours later when it suffered a suspected panic attack while recovering from the anaesthetic.The flightless rhea, which weighed around 90lbs, is thought to have escaped several months ago from its enclosure on an estate near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

It managed to survive the freezing winter and was repeatedly spotted by locals in fields and on lanes around Campsea Ashe, Marlesford, Tunstall and Eyke.
The RSPCA decided to capture it over fears that it could run on to a road and cause an accident, even though it seemed to be thriving in the wilds of Suffolk
Kate Cornforth, an animal collection officer for the charity, made several visits to monitor it - but was unable to capture it on her own.
She returned on Wednesday with RSPCA chief inspector Mark Thompson who was armed with his tranquilliser rifle.
Helped by two villages, the pair tracked the white-feathered rhea down to a wheat field in Eyke - but it kept running away when they got near.
The bird, a native of South America, finally went through a hedge into a nearby lane where they managed to corner so it could not get away.Mr Thompson fired his first shot into the body of the bird which could run at 40mph, but the needle was unable to penetrate its thick feathers.

His second shot was a success as it hit the top of the bird's thigh, injecting tranquilliser straight into its bloodstream, so it was dazed within seconds.
The semi-conscious bird was loaded into a trailer after the two-hour rescue operation, and taken to be re-homed with a bird lover who has other pet rheas in Eye, Suffolk.
RSPCA spokeswoman Nicola Walker said: 'It was put in a field to recover and appeared to be breathing normally.
'It lay down for a while, but the new owner said it suffered some sort of panic attack and died.
'We do not know what the cause of death was and we will not be holding a post mortem.
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When I lived in the U.K., I found the RSPCA to be just a scam for collecting money to run an organisation which really shows very little interest in the day to day activities of supporting animals.

As long as they are funding themselves to be in jobs, that's all they care about.
It's a legalised scam !!!! In any other walk of life they would be prosecuted for taking money under false pretences.

- Brian, Florida, 01/7/2010 19:18

the RSPCA.............

- mel drew, uk, 01/7/2010 18:58

I am proud to say I have never donated to RSPCA & many other corupt charities. They only carry out political will, which seems to be to euthanise prefectly healthy animals or animals considered 'pests'. Sadly they are not there to protect & serve most animals, they are merely there to ensure a few elite species are pampered perfect specimens. They seem to have a license to gass the many other less desirable species for convenience. They even seem to feel they have a duty to go out of their way to capture & kill as many harmless creatures as they can.

- Jessica, Surrey UK, 1/7/2010 18:47

Someone bizarrely abandoned a dog in my street, right outside my house, with bowls, food and lead. I took it in and spent FOUR HOURS on hold to the rspca whose message repeatedly told me 'my call mattered' (I know - it sounds crazy in hindsight, but I didn't know what to do with a random dog!) They never even picked up the phone to take my call. I rehomed the dog myself and vowed never to be suckered by all the big-eyes puppy adverts. The rspca doesn't care for dogs, big-eyed or not. It just cares about manipulating the public and taking its money.

- Anna Morell, Rochester, Kent, 01/7/2010

 I no longer donate to the RSPCA. They have become a very politically motivated organisation, paying big salaries to executives and only caring when there is pulblicity involved.The days when they actually cared about animals, especially domestic pets, are long gone. Far better, in my opinion, to support local animal charities, where you know money is spent directly on animals, and there are no huge salaries and offices to upkeep. The same can be said for most big charities.

- reece, cambs, 1/7/2010 18:27

I agree with many of the people here that the RSPCA only ever get involved for publicity or if it's an interesting creature. They are an absolute joke.

I have contacted them before about an injured pipstrelle bat we found and then noticed by our cats as we tried to get it to climb a tree to fly away. Of course it couldn't fly away and the cats wanted it. Their response was to let the cats have it and to stop wasting their time.
I know someone who takes in injured animals temporarily for recovery and rehoming and she needed them to take a cat which was so starving it couldn't walk anymore. She was told that 'they don't do' animals like cats, that it was just a stray and not worth their time. She had to take in the cat and pay for it's care herself. Thankfully it's ok now and a wonderful little cat.
Volunteering at a local wildlife rescue centre, I have also overheard many other people speaking of similar experiences. It's disgusting.

- KTedham, Carlisle, 1/7/2010 18:02

Ah, this would be the same RSPCA who refused to help me when I found two tiny tiny kittens abandoned, one with a hernia, as big as its head! Oh yes, I remember... no room to collect them, no one to assist me - no, no, no, if it makes it through the night then take it to the vets tomorrow but you will have to pay!! I ended up feeding them up until the ill one was strong enough to withstand the operation, then paying out £300 for the operation. Oh well. At least I know they are loved and well cared for.

- Helen, Devon, 1/7/2010 18:00

I hope that the RSPCA will be prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering.

- Howardinmk, Milton Keynes UK, 1/7/2010 Actually the RSPCA kill all non-native species.

I watched one of their officers throw an injured grey squirrel with a broken leg into a cage by its tail, after I had gone to them for help. I've never forgotten that.

- Jane, UK, 1/7/2010 17:16

Another RSPCA rescue attempt gone wrong ..

I called these numb skulls out to some cats near my work place who were terribly underweight and emaciated ..
The officer reported back to me the cats were underweight and emaciated looking because they were old ..
within 3 weeks 2 had to be put down, because they had feline aids .. Of course these numb skulls know about animals. .

- clippy zippy, Norfolk, 1/7/2010 17:07

RSPCA are only interested in situations that could give them some publicity. Anything else and they couldn't care less. Utterly hopeless.

- Andy, London, 1/7/2010 16:54

The RSPCA is a PC organisation that tries to grab headlines in order to bolster contributions.If you watch them on TV,they are a brainless,jobsworth lot,(its the uniform) and couldn't pass 11 + between them.

- peter simmonds, chichester
I stopped giving to the RSPCA after I found out that this charity is only interested in lining it's own pockets.

Last year (2009) RSPCA chief executive, Mark Watts, received £105,500 in pay and perks.


- Andrew, Aylesbury, 1/7/2010 16:36

I reported a dog left to fend for itself to the RSPCA but they said they couldn´t do anything because the owners were police officers. They´re a waste of time.

- Francesca, Not claiming benefits and paying for private health care in Marbella, 1/7/2010 16:23

In my experience, the RSPCA are a complete waste of time. They do not attend when requested, they are not completely trained in the care and management of the the animals they are supposed to be attending to, and must have a book of excuses as large as the telephone directory.
As a livery yard owner, rider and competitor and farmer of some 50 odd years, I know what I'm talking about. Give us the Blue Cross any day of the week.

- Elizabeth, Worcestershire, 1/7/2010 16:19The RSPCA normally love publicity, but I bet this time they wish they hadn't got any!

The RSPCA are hopeless!

- Lesley, Wimbledon, 1/7/2010 14:58

Exactly what 'cruelty' were these numpties preventing by hounding this unfortunate creature? Don't forget that the RSPCA gave a massive cash donation to the Labour Party because they were the most likely to ban foxhunting. Now foxes are roaming cities freely and looking to eat children, are they showing any remorse? This is a charity that has fallen into the wrong hands.

- Clive Blake, Victor Harbor South Australia, 1/7/2010 14:57

RSPCA was a good charity when the vets. ran it, not since the animal rights nutters took over!

- chas warner, taunton somerset, 1/7/2010 13:25

More muppets - panic attack indeed - they darted it twice. It died of an over-dose - what is the correct dose for a rhea?

They just cannot leave tthings be.

You know animals have got on fine for millions of years before the RSPCA came along

- Dave, Chorleywood, 1/7/2010 13:23

How very convenient for the RSPCA if it happened to have some undiscovered "illness" that "caused" its death.

- JB, South, 1/7/2010 13:22

Better round up all the wallabies that are roaming free around various parts of the UK countryside, along with Badger, Foxes, Deer etc who all go across roads too, because this is also a danger on roads and damage to cars etc.

Whilst I appreciate the good work of the RSPCA they are also such hypocrits too. I have reported animals in distress in the past and they have never wanted to know. They seem very good at picking and choosing certain cases to suit them.

- Louise, Plymouth, 1/7/2010 13:19

How typical of the RSPCA. I would never support a this charity, they will never get a penny from me. They spend more lining their own pockets and pursuing court cases than on animals. Did you know that unless you leave money to your local branch it doesn't go to help any animals at all but straight to head office, none of the branches of the charity will see a penny of it.

- Sun Dai, Home, 1/7/2010 13:15