In its ‘RSPCA policies on animal welfare’ it states under its Objects of the RSPCA that ‘The charitable objects of the RSPCA are to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals

The RSPCA’s vision is, ‘To work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom

Under its Mission Statement, the RSPCA declares ‘The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering.’

And under their General Principles, the RSPCA states ‘The general principles on which the RSPCA operates, derived from extensive scientific evidence, is based on the fact that vertebrates and some invertebrates are sentient, and can feel pain and distress.’

What happened to all those honorable and admirable objects, visions, statements and principles when RSPCA inspectors arrived at an address in South Wales and proceeded to slaughter ten German Shepherd dogs with a captive bolt?

Saturday, 10 October 2009


In June 2009, 10 pet German Shepherds were slaughtered after their owner died in Pontardawe South Wales. They were slaughtered by the RSPCA with a captive bolt gun.

For those of you that think this is a malicious slur on what they claim is 'the nations best loved and most respected animal welfare charity' - BELIEVE IT. We use the word SLAUGHTER because The RSPCA inspectors used a captive bolt gun which is a weapon used in slaughter houses to stun animals prior to bleeding!! This story originally surfaced thanks to Many Tears - appropriately. There have been many tears shed by animal lovers since the discovery of this atrocity. We believe that they thought nobody would ever know about this!

It's worrying knowing what will happen to your pets when you die, but a family in Pontardawe South Wales found just the help they needed when in June 2009 this year, a relative died leaving 10 Pet German Shepherds in a house all alone.

stop donating, you are killing me

So just to reassure you pet owners, lets go through this in stages now and show you how the RSPCAhelped the family in Pontardawe.

'The owner’s next-of-kin later contacted The RSPCA again and said they had been turned down by other charities, including the Dogs Trust (FALSE), who were unwilling to take on the animals and they signed over the dogs, fully aware of what would happen.'

We wonder if the RSPCA told them they would stun them with a captive bolt gun or did they say that they would be humanely destroyed? Never mind who will ever know!

OK so The RSPCA inspectors arrive at dead relatives house with grasper and captive bolt gun. Remember now that these poor dogs had been left in the house alone after owner had died and they were probably hungry and frightened. Never mind who will ever know!

A grasper - this was used to grab each dog one by one and drag them out of the house

dog on grasper

Never mind who will ever know!

'The dogs were taken outside into the garden of the house on a grasper, given a few moments of exercise (it is unlikely they had been outside in weeks, if not months) and then the inspector used a captive bolt.'

Bear in mind that your average GSD will weigh 30-40Kgs and The RSPCA claimed that the dogs were aggressive. So how do you take them out for a few moments of exercise on the end of a grasper? I think we might have the answer .............

Maybe this is how it was done!!!

Grab the son of a bitch by the neck and pull

dog on a grasper

Never mind who will ever know!

Sorry we couldn't find an aggressive dog!

Just as well this isn't an aggressive or terrified dog struggling to get free!!! Who knows how you would hold an aggressive dog still long enough to get a captive bolt through it's skull. Hang on though I think we have it.........

Put the boot in hard on the grasper force dogs head to the ground

Poor lamb, he looks so worried but it will soon all be over. Never mind who will ever know!

Keep the boot in and shove fist hard down on the back of pooches head.

BANG. 1 down 9 to go - it's all over for the worthless beast. Well not quite!!

Never mind who will ever know!

The International Companion Animal Management Coalition (“ICAM”) deems the captive bolt to be an unacceptable method of “euthanasia” stating:

'The penetrative captive bolt pistol must be placed in contact with the animal’s skull and precise positioning is essential so that the bolt penetrates the correct area of the brain first time. Animals must be adequately restrained so that the head remains steady (Carding, 1977; Dennis et al., 1988; Beaver et al., 2001), which makes this method particularly difficult with fearful and aggressive dogs and cats (Carding, 1977). Furthermore, the conformational differences between the skulls of individuals and breeds of dogs increase the risk of a mis-stun. The principle skull types are dolichocephalic (long, narrow head), brachycephalic (short, wide heads) and mesaticephalic (medium proportions).

As there is a high risk of mis-stunning through inadequate use of the penetrating captive bolt, and hence causing pain and distress, WSPA considers this an unacceptable method for the euthanasia of dogs and cats.

The RSPCA is itself a high-profile member of ICAM.

In The RSPCA ‘s own documentation “Farm Animals”, it clearly states:

Captive bolt stunning is used on cattle, sheep and some pigs. With this method, a blank cartridge is used to force a metal bolt out of a gun and into the brain of the animal. The bolt does not kill the animal (stop the heart) but, if used correctly, causes the animal to lose consciousness immediately.

OK so it's an unacceptable method for killing pets and it might not work first time but it's cheap and who is to know? If at first you don't suceed, try and try again. How many shots did it take to kill those 10 GSD's or were they just left to die an agonising and awful death? Never mind who will ever know!

So no need to worry what happens to your much loved pets after your death. The relatives in Pontardawe, South Wales found the good old RSPCA enormously helpful.

please don't leave me to die

Never mind who will ever know! Well we all know now thanks to Inspector Richard Abbot!!

Make sure your dog really does have a home for life when you are gone

The Dogs Trust strongly believes that euthanasia should always be the last resort in situations such as these and only when all other avenues have been extensively researched and then exhausted.

In terms of the actual method of euthanasia, Dogs Trust has never used a captive bolt to stun prior to putting a dog to sleep, nor will it ever. There are pharmaceuticals that can be easily injected under the skin or into the muscle of a dog that will sedate them effectively to allow a competent person to give a lethal dose of barbiturate intravenously.

Animal lovers will be appalled at the thought of a captive bolt gun being used as a means towards euthanasia of a dog but, in very extreme cases, Dogs Trust understands that a captive bolt gun might be used as long as it is carried out humanely by a competent person. However given there are more ethically acceptable methods of euthanasia Dogs Trust believes the use of captive bolt guns should only be used as a last resort when no other solution is possible.

I hope this helps clarify our position regarding this matter.

Charlotte Speedy
Head of Communications
Dogs Trust

If you really care about your pets, can we suggest that you make a will and make sure that your pets are provided for. When you are dead and gone, make sure your pets are not disposed of in this barbaric way. We would strongly recommend that you make sure that your money and your much loved pets are in the capable hands of a no destruct animal welfare organisation.

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