Prof Peter Singer - RSPCA Ruling Council
'But sex with animals does not always involve cruelty.'
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Something very different
John said: "We were really keen to ensure the poses were tasteful. And we also wanted to showcase the range of skills our officers have, so we have included images of rope rescue, water rescues and working at heights as well as dealing with larger and more specialist animals like horses." - and images of a bloody animal corpse shot dead with a captive bolt gun
Although some of the photographs feature animals, the aim of the calendar was to highlight the wide range of skills which RSPCA officers have, and to inform the public about the wide range of creatures and situations they deal with, including cliff and water rescues - and how to slaughter animals with a captive bolt gun
RSPCA senior regional press officer Jo Barr, who 'storyboarded' the calendar, said: "Although there are already a number of charity 'naked' calendars produced every year, we felt this would be something very different. - yes very different tasteless!!
An unusual project
"When you are a large respected organisation (not anymore), and you embark on an unusual project like this there is always a concern that it may raise a few eyebrows. We are sure the little children will like it!! But the feel of the calendar is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek and we hope that people will understand that it is all about raising funds and awareness of animal welfare at a time when fundraising is very challenging." - especially with so much negative press directed at them.
Remember that the RSPCA removed posts from protestors from their facebook site on the grounds that children might see them yet they are using inuendo like 'tongue in cheek' about naked men?
As well as pictures - some of which include animals rescued by the RSPCA - each page of the calendar will include information about the work of the RSPCA in the South and South West (that will be very brief) and important information about common animal welfare problems and ways the public can help. They can help by donating to a no kill organisation instead.