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?

Monday, 15 March 2010


Brighton man furious after RSPCA put down his cat

An animal lover said his “blood is boiling” after his cat was put down by the RSPCA - without his knowledge.

John Edwards said his beloved Gizmo had been missing for two weeks when he learned he had been mistaken for a stray and picked up by the animal charity.

The white puss, described as a “fluffy furball”, was put down the same day.

Mr Edwards, of Gloucester Street, Brighton, said: “I am absolutely seething. He always used to go out walking and all the neighbours knew this.

“My other cat, who is a Siamese, is grieving as he knows his mate has gone.

“My blood is boiling and I don’t know when I’ll calm down.”

Gizmo was taken two weeks ago by animal inspectors from the RSPCA but Mr Edwards only found out his cat had been picked up on Monday after leaflets were delivered by concerned residents.

A spokeswoman for RSPCA said they were called to the street by members of the public who said they thought the animal had been involved in a fight.

She added: “We are very sorry for the distress caused to Mr Edwards due to the sad death of his cat.

“Unfortunately the animal was in very bad health, with bad teeth and matted fur. He was covered in fight wounds when concerned residents asked us for help. Wonder if they ever considered vet treatment. Oops, no that costs money!!

“Nor was he identified with a collar or a microchip and so we were unable to trace his owner. They obviously didn't try too hard since they killed the poor cat the day they took it in!

“The RSPCA does everything it can to avoid having to put animals to sleep, but sometimes we have little choice.” 2008 figures show the RSPCA kill a staggering 22 dogs and 33 cats per day so guess they didn't try too hard to find homes. We await with baited breath, the figures for 2009.

She reminded pet owners to microchip their pets to avoiding similar situations. Maybe time to remind them that they are an animal welfare organisation, not a slaughterhouse.

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