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RSPCA – How and When Did This Organisation Start

The RSPCA a short history of its founding.

Founded in 1824

Our beginnings were in a London coffee shop in 1824. The people present knew they were creating the world’s first animal welfare charity, but they couldn’t have guessed the size and shape that the charity would become today.
T the start we were the SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Royal patronage followed in 1837 and Queen Victoria gave her permission to add the royal R in 1840, making us the RSPCA as we are still known today.

When we were founded, our aim was working animals, such as ‘pit ponies’, who were worked down the coal mines. But we’ve changed with the times.
During the First and Second World Wars we worked to help the millions of animals enlisted to serve with British, Commonwealth and Allied forces. Our work with pets that we’re best known for today, only developed with the trend to keep them.

We’ve always been influential in forming and improving animal welfare law. In 1822, two years before we were founded, ‘Martin’s Act’ was passed. It was the first animal welfare law and it forbade ‘the cruel and improper treatment of cattle’. Thirteen years on, in 1835, and ‘Pease’s Act’ consolidated this law. The prohibition of cruelty was extended to dogs and other domestic animals, bear-baiting & cock-fighting was forbidden, and it insisted on better standards for the nations slaughter houses. Other successes along the way have included laws for lab animals, the abolition of fur farming in the UK, the ban of fox hunting with dogs and the animal welfare act. Today we are still changing the law.
The greatest shift across the times has been in attitude. In the UK we’re known as ‘a nation of animal lovers’ but it wasn’t always that way. When we were founded it was a challenge to get the British public to recognise animals as sentient beings – and not just commodities for food, transport or sport. It’s inspiring to think how much more of a difference we can make. With your support and our expertise, so much more can be achieved!

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Abandoned Pets Over Christmas Holidays – RSPCA

Three abandoned pets every hour over Christmas says the RSPCA.

The charity is again inundated with cats and dogs over this Christmas, in particular Staffordshire bull terriers.
Three pets are being abandoned every hour during the Christmas period, says the RSPCA.

The animal charity has investigated 329 complaints of abandonment between 23 and 27 December, and has dealt with 1,676 complaints since the beginning of the Christmas month. Branches of the charity have been inundated with cats and dogs, in particular Staffordshire bull terriers and Staffie crosses.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA, said: “Christmas is one of our busiest times of year for animal abandonments – second only to the summer when birthing rates are high together with people going on holiday. The Staffy has been the most commonly dumped breed throughout the year and we’re campaigning to help change the breeds image.”

Six Staffordshire puppies were taken into the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wildlife Centre, East Sussex, on December 23 after being abandoned. The manager at the RSPCA’s Patcham centre near Brighton, where the six-week-old puppies are now being looked after, said: “They are in reasonable condition but are too young to have left their mother.

“Many people are still breeding Staffies because they think it is a good way to make a few hundred pounds at Christmas. However, we know that there are lots of Staffies out there, and not enough homes for them.”
Other owners are just dumping their pets on the roadside. A three-month-old German Shepherd abandoned pets was found  in a box in a Sheffield alleyway on Christmas morning.

Steve Bryne, manager of the Sheffield centre where the puppy, Eve, is being cared for, said: “She was very nervous when she first came to us and wasn’t eating much. But luckily, she has come on well in the last few days so we hope she will pull through her ordeal.”

Last Christmas the charity’s cruelty advice line received an average of 1,663 calls each day about animals that were being hurt, neglected or abused during the festive season.

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Illegal Dog Fighting in the UK

Dog Fighting – Against the Law for Almost 200 Years

A dog fight takes place every 24 hours in the UK, with victims having their injuries patched up by “street surgeons” using nothing more than superglue and staples, a new report reveals.

Although illegal for 200 years ago, dog fights are still rampant in the UK, with criminals taking ordinary animals with the intention to “manipulate and exploit them for profit and reputational gain”.

Stolen pets, like smaller dogs and cats are used as “bait” to train dogs for fights, which can last for up to 5 hours.
A report commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports is the first comprehensive look at dog fighting in the UK.

Tom Quinn, Campaigns Director for the League, said: “The UK’s dog lovers will be sickened to learn that the cruelty of dog fights, which can result in torn flesh, blood loss, disembowelment and death, continues to go on in the UK.

“Traditionally dog fighting was hidden away in rural areas and managed albeit to a professional level.

“Now we’re seeing a move to urban areas, where dog fights are becoming a way of establishing dominance, often related to gang activity. Either way, it’s often about machismo and money, and the dogs will inevitably suffer.”
Authors of the report, criminologists Dr Simon Harding and Dr Angus Nurse spoke to people involved in dog fights and examined the ‘sport’, motivations and extent of dog fighting as well as the means to deal with it.

Dr Harding said that there is “clear evidence of dog fighting in the UK”, ranging from every-day impromptu street fights, through to hobbyists to professional fights where large amounts of money changes hand.

He said: “It is clear that regardless of the level of dog fighting, these people are all connected by a common thread of secrecy, callousness and links to other crimes.”
Dr Harding added: “Dog fighting is a cruel and violent practice which has no place in modern Britain. Offenders take ordinary animals, manipulate and exploit them for profit and reputational gain.

“It is a serious concern that this activity, outlawed 180 years ago, remains, and in some communities even thrives even today.

“We should all work together to stop this practice for good.”

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Kitten Sails Over 2,000 Miles in Search for New Home

Kitten sails over 2000 miles in search of new home.

An eight-month-old kitten has miraculously survived a stormy 16 day journey in a shipping container from Egypt before arriving on the back of a lorry in Hereford.
Named after Sinbad the sailor, the fictional adventurer who took to the high seas, the ginger tabby kitten travelled over 2,000 miles after hopping into a shipping container in Alexandria in Egypt on 8 March.
From Alexandria, Sinbad was then shipped with luxury linens to the port of Felixstowe before being boarded onto the back of a lorry headed for Mediterranean Linens, a business based in Moreton-on-Lugg in Hereford.
RSPCA Inspector Pippa Boyd who came to Sinbad’s rescue said:

I think he gave the lorry driver and the staff at Mediterranean Linens quite a shock when they found him back in Hereford! They called the RSPCA and we obviously came out to rescue him.

I could hear him as soon as I arrived on scene meowing his heart out, he’s quite a vocal but extremely friendly lad. He was brushing up against me, craving attention, and he clearly has a very sweet but adventurous little personality!
She continued:

He was all curled up in the linens and had made quite a bed for himself. The poor thing was extremely hungry and thirsty though after such a long journey without any nourishment so we have been feeding him carefully ever since as he cannot cope with a full feed at the moment.

It is just amazing he survived this trip at such a fragile young age, he travelled quite a distance without being given any food or water and it really is something of a miracle.

He now legally has to go through all the quarantine checks first to make sure he is safe to remain in our country but he seems healthy and bright.

Sinbad really is such a friendly and unique boy, he will make someone out there very happy one day soon as he is a wonderful and very special kitten indeed.

Can you help Sinbad?

We’re appealing to members of the public to help raise funds for the cost of Sinbad’s care in quarantine which will come to around £2,000 for a four month stay. Pippa added:

This is such an unusual circumstance for us and, as a charity, this is a huge cost for us to take on. We rely heavily on funding from members of the public to help us continue with our work and really hope people will be able to help us with looking after Sinbad during his stay in quarantine.

Mediterranean Linens have already kindly donated £100 towards his stay and we are really grateful for that. Every donation we receive really will make all the difference and will go straight towards Sinbad’s care.

We will also be looking for a lucky new owner in the very near future, so watch this space!

 

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More Pets Being Abandoned

The number of pets housed at animal shelters or abandoned over Christmas and the new year has risen sharply, according to UK animal charities.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home said it was unable to cope with numbers of pets arriving and, for the first time, has had to create a  list of pets on a waiting list.

Charities sources have said the recession and unusually cold weather are partly responsible.

They expect to see more animals being abandoned in the coming months as pets bought for Christmas become more expensive to keep than first budgeted for and more time consuming in their welfare.

Scott Craddock of Battersea Dogs and Cats home, which has been taking in pets for some 150 years, said: “This is the first time that we have actually put a waiting list in place for local authorities.

“In the past we would probably have been able to take those dogs off their hands but now we are so full that we are having to actually ask them to hold those dogs locally before they can come into the home.

Bull dog breeds

He said there was room for 600 dogs and 200 cats but a “surge in new arrivals” and the fact that they have re-housed “far fewer animals than normal” so far this month meant demand for space was critical.

The cold weather is also thought to have played a part by making it harder to re-house animals.

Two years ago the law changed so local authorities had to take responsibility for strays instead of the police forces around the country.

Councils keep abandoned pets in animal welfare centres which are only designed to keep animals for a short time, after this it becomes a problem.

Kay Foley, of Lewisham Council, described the local authority’s experience of looking after abandoned animals.

She cited the recession as a factor which had an impact, but also pointed to certain types of dog.

“We are seeing more and more bull breeds coming in – they are quite boisterous. People are not getting them trained,” said Ms Foley, who added that many owners were “taking the easy option” and abandoning the dogs. These people are totally irresponsible and should be dealt with accordingly if they are identified.

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