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|
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. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1296366/Why-I-hate-squirrels.html?ito=feeds-newsxml