RSPCA POLICY NOT TO ACCEPT ABANDONED PETS

HOW THE RSPCA DEAL WITH LOST PETS

WHAT THE RSPCA DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

COURT OF APPEAL STATE THAT "RSPCA's CONDUCT HAS BEEN REGRETTABLE"


RSPCA BLOW £ MILLIONS OF HARD EARNED DONATIONS ON LEGAL FEES FIGHTING GILL CASE

Donations intended to help animals not pay lawyers

Excellent. Perhaps people will now wake up and see what the RSPCA are really about and stop donating to them.

Sheer utter greed that made Dr Gills life hell.
RSPCA - an animal welfare organisation that admits in their own trustee report to killing over 63,000 animals in 2009.
£120m a year in donations and still scrounging. Remember that those donations go to the fat cats in HQ and not to the centres which are independently franchised businesses.
RSPCA HQ should be ashamed but they won't as they don't have a conscience between them down there in their luxury offices.
Congratulations Dr Gill.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8736889.RSPCA_S_court_fight_over___2_4m_will__regrettable_/

http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/7951/court_gives_reasons_for_dismissing_rspca_appeal

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

GREEDY RSPCA LOSE GILL APPEAL, AND EVEN MORE DONATIONS



Jubilant Christine Gill after winning appeal

Who is picking up the tab for the courts costs? £120m in a year in donations and still scrounging. This money does not go the the branches, which are all independent franchised businesses responsible for their own fundraising

In 2009 the RSPCA killed a total of 63,000 animals - a rise of over 3000 on the previous year. Nice to know how your donations are spent

trickie43, coundon says...

excellent outcome , shame the RSPCA found it nessesary to spent so much money chasing their tale, still for just £2.00 a month we can all contibute to the court costs....


smokin, dh65hw says...
this has made my night these greedy people were trying to take away a daughters right to her mothers property and I hope that the costs come out of the RSPCA and not the tax payer

Cosmos, says...
It beggars belief that the RSPCA refused to accept the legal judgement in this case. This latest debacle threatens the financial future of many charities. Not only will it ensure that more people will stop donating to this greedy organisation it will also deter many from donating to those charities which supported this action. I would like to know how much more of the general public's hard-earned cash has gone on this latest appeal on top of the £1.3million costs from the previous hearings.

queenie1, Birmingham says...
Heartiest congratulations to Dr Gill and the very sensible Judge in this case. I am absolutely thrilled that it's all behind her now and that she and her son can now enjoy the farm that is so rightfully theirs.
Shame on the greedy RSPCA for pursuing this, they've put Dr Gill through a great deal of worry and anguish. I hope they will at least, have the grace to apologise, and let this be a lesson not to try to grab other people's inheritances.

simmo3578, newton aycliffe says...
they wont get a penny from me ever again, air ambulance ( which should be funded from the taxpayer and shouldn`t have to beg for clothes to sell) and any heart/cancer charity.
agreed,,,i always give the air ambulance. but now the greedy rspca get nowt. fact.

billysaid, aycliffe says...
ps,,,if they can afford to persue a case through the high courts,,,,then they obviousley do not need my,or anyone elses contributions. that is a fact.

Colcat, Teesside says...


billysaid wrote: ps,,,if they can afford to persue a case through the high courts,,,,then they obviousley do not need my,or anyone elses contributions. that is a fact.
No it's not - it's a supposition. That's a fact.
I have found that the RSPCA as an organisation is not particularly in favour of the best interests of animals, and have expressed this opinion before. I also believe them to be money grabbing, which this case has demonstrated. Instead of giving anything to them, I prefer to give to SARA. (I do agree that GNAA is also a worthy charity, but also believe it should be state funded.)

neilt63, toft hill says...


How fitting that Christine got her family farm back, the RSPCA should be ashamed of themselves, whoever decided to challenge the courts decision should resign immediately. I wonder how big that salary reduction would be? It's also nice to see that some of the courts do live in the "same world" as us

smokin, dh65hw says...


colcat you are right when you say they don't have the best interests of animals at heart
a friend of mine phoned them one day to tell them that she had found a full litter of puppies they told her to open the gate and let them out and the dog catcher will pick them up they were only a month old
I adopted one who turned out to be a Presa Canario (as was the full litter) a most beautifull dog
(why they were abandoned is a very sad story better left for another time)
but needless to say all the puppies were found homes by this lady and she immediately withdrew her direct debit donation which was £2.00 per month and she had donated this for years they are just greedy people not caring at all

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8710884.Second_day_of_appeal_over___2m_RSPCA_will/
http://rspcanotwhattheyseem.blogspot.com/2010/11/rspca-fraudsters-lose-gill-case.html


http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/nov/30/rspca-loses-appeal-will-ruling

Friday, 19 November 2010

RSPCA £245,000 LOTTERY GRANT, AND THEY SPEND £3,500 A DAY ON PROSECUTION BARRISTERS

RSPCA FORCE BANKRUPTCY ON HORSE TRADER, PROSECUTE CHILDREN, PENSIONERS AND THE DISABLED, SPEND MILLIONS ON CONTESTING WILLS AND ON LEGAL FEES, AND YET RECIEVE LOTTERY FUNDING. DISGRACEFULL.

WE ASK WHO BENEFITS FINANCIALLY FROM RSPCA PROSECUTIONS?


Gray lost his appeal against a life ban on keeping horses and 24 weeks' jail in May, and today Judge Christopher Tyrer, at Bicester Magistrates Court, awarded extra costs to the RSPCA — bringing the amount the horse trader owes the charity to £600,000.


http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/419/303646.html

http://www.politics.co.uk/opinion-formers/press-releases/animal-welfare/rspca-245-000-lottery-grant-for-unique-youth-education-project-$21385695$366366.htm

Thursday, 18 November 2010

TOP VET EVANS LEAVES RSPCA; GOOD RIDDANCE

Good Riddance to bad rubbish but to be honest he just highlighted how this so called charity no longer has anything to do with saving animals from cruelty!

MARK EVANS, the controversial vet who branded show dogs and dog shows as a ‘parade of mutants’, has left the RSPCA as its chief veterinary adviser.

Evans caused an uproar two years ago after his statements about certain breeds were aired during the programme, Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

Comments from our readers and on the OUR DOGS facebook page saw a unanimous sigh of relief at his departure: Victoria Wilkins said: ‘I can't understand why he couldn't justify what he said. In effect, he's saying that pedigree dogs, the dogs where we can trace most of the history and breed development, are more of a concoction and mutation than a crossbreed which can be more susceptible to problems because the breed is thrown together and their parentage cannot be traced, only guessed. Although he had good views on other aspects of animal welfare I feel that this is the right move.’ Kay Martland said: ‘Has he finally realised that they (RSPCA) are more interested in political matters than actually doing 'what it says on the tin'.. '.....Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' ????’ and Serena Parker simply said ‘Good riddance!
http://www.ourdogs.co.uk/News/2010/Nov2010/News121110/evans.htm

http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.com/2010/11/mark-evans-leaves-rspca.html







Monday, 8 November 2010

FURY AS RSPCA REFUSE TO ATTEND EMACIATED DOG


ANIMAL lovers who discovered a dog almost dying in the street called in the cops and the RSPCA – but were shocked to be told by the charity to “let it go, and it will find its own way home”.

Last night they lashed out at the RSPCA for not turning out to help the pooch, which was in a terrible state.
Tina Fitzpatrick, who was one of those who found the French Bullmastiff dodging traffic on Queslett Road in Great Barr, Birmingham, said: “The dog was in awful condition.
“It kept collapsing. It had belonged to somebody but had been badly neglected.
It was dehydrated, underweight and had marks around its neck from where it had been kept on a chain.
“Its mouth was full of ulcers and all its teeth had gone from gnawing at the chain. It was terrible to see.”
The passers-by rang the police, who managed to get the dog to safety at the side of the road and then contacted the RSPCA.
What happened next outraged Tina, 41, of Kingstanding, who has three dogs herself.
“The RSPCA said they didn’t have any wardens free to come out and collect the animal,” she said. “The police officer asked, ‘what shall I do with the dog?’ and the RSPCA told him, ‘just let it go and it will find its own way home’.“
He was shocked and couldn’t believe it. There was no way you could let the dog go. What would have happened if it had got hit by a car or run into the road and caused an accident?

“It wasn’t a small dog. It was enormous, the size of a small Shetland pony.”
The dog stayed with a friend of Tina’s overnight, and they rang an emergency vet.
“I know the dog wasn’t injured,” said Tina. “But we told the RSPCA it was in a bad way and kept collapsing. They still refused to come out. For them to tell us to let the dog loose on a busy road was irresponsible and unforgivable.
“I’m disgusted by their behaviour. I used to give money to them, but won’t anymore.”
But a spokeswoman for the RSPCA said “If there’s nothing wrong with the dog then it’s the local authority who should take it,” she said.

“They receive money from the Government for this service.”

Thursday, 4 November 2010

RSPCA REAP WHIRLWIND OF PUBLIC DISCONTENT IN WIRRAL

Devastated Pat Seager watched in horror as inspectors stormed in and began filming and making notes on the 47 neglected or injured animals that had been left on her doorstep.

The RSPCA needs to review its "unjust" policy on animal cruelty prosecutions, MP Frank Field has said.
"The whole thing makes my blood boil…it is so unjust," he added.

The MP's concerns however were echoed by leading barrister Jonathan Rich who said he was very troubled by the sort of defendants who were becoming typical of RSPCA prosecutions. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7631635.stm


DONATIONS DRY UP FOLLOWING PENSIONERS PROSECUTION
A "top priority" to ensure that "all available resources are set aside to ensure that the Animal Centre can continue to support RSPCA inspectors".

WE SAY
The same Inspectors who raided Pat Seager, have the ability to do this to ANYONE else.
Perhaps someone at the RSPCA's palatial HQ in Horsham will make the link between the activities of the inspectorate against animal lovers - like Pat Seager - and the "abuse" and "lack of funds" being experienced by the charity's long-suffering foot soldiers and volunteers?



Public stop donations after RSPCA prosecuted animal sanctuary pensioner Pat Seager.
WELL IT SERVES THEM RIGHT!

Pensioner Pat Seager is surrounded by police and RSPCA officials during the raid on her home

 A couple of years ago the local RSPCA inspectorate decided to prosecute the wildlife lady from Rock Ferry and take her to court. After that episode, a large number of Wirral people vowed they would never support the charity again and if that is the case, then the RSPCA have only themselves to blame for their dwindling funds. http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/yoursay/wirralletters/8427094.RSPCA_has_only_itself_to_blame_for_dwindling_funds/

Pat is forced to watch helplessly as RSPCA and Police remove animals she rescued
"I have never experienced anything so terrible in all my life."
Pat Seager



Chester branch of RSPCA face axe
http://www.chesterfirst.co.uk/news/95023/chester-branch-of-rspca-face-axe.aspx

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

STOP DONATIONS TO PUBLICITY CRAZED RSPCA

The RSPCA, that once-admirable charity, now often seems to pursue animal-lovers through the courts simply to win the publicity that keeps its £115 million a year in donations rolling in. And why do the police now regard themselves as the charity’s enforcement wing? What an admission from Northumbria police that they seek to justify holding a 66-year old man of impeccable character for nine hours by saying “the RSPCA is leading this investigation”. When did Parliament empower RSPCA officials (all ordinary members of the public) to order our police around like this?

I would urge anyone who reads this not to give the RSPCA a penny. They've got entirely too big for their boots, and our legal system has allowed it to happen – encouraged it, even.

One charity I do regularly support is the RNLI. Can you imagine the effect if they went the same way as the RSPCA? We'd have armed high-speed lifeboats cruising our shores and estuaries, arresting people for not wearing a life jacket or capsizing their racing dinghies. http://www.grumpyoldsod.com/rspca4.asp




Friday, 29 October 2010

RESCUE IT, GET MEDIA COVERAGE, KILL IT; HOW THE RSPCA OPERATE

A DEER which was rescued from the womb of its mother after she was hit and killed by a car has been put down.


The animal was rescued in May and was initially cared for by staff at the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre near Nantwich.
Staff at the wildlife centre hand-fed him goat's milk before he was weaned on to solid food.
A month later he was taken to another wildlife centre at East Winch in Norfolk.
He was allowed to roam in numerous paddocks so he could graze on vegetation similar to what he would need in the wild.
But when the deer was released into the wild on October 20, he was unable to cope.
RSPCA staff caught him and put him down.
"He wasn't behaving how wild animals do," said RSPCA spokeswoman Kayta Mira.
"He was too tame. He was running up to cars and there were dogs he wasn't running away from."
But the British Deer Society has condemned the actions of the RSPCA.
Spokesman David Kenyon said it was irresponsible to bring up a deer and then expect it to go back into the wild.
http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/Sad-end-real-life-Bambi/article-2810564-detail/article.html

COMMENTS

After reading this story I'm changing my will. I'm 4 euros, staffs



I've stopped giving to the RSPCA and PDSA because of their double standards. This is a terrible outcome, Shame on you RSPCA you'll not get another penny out of me or any of my family. up'anelyduck, 'anley

I stopped donating cash to this organisation because of these very policies, it seems to be more of a get off the street and kill it organisation. 3 experiences dealing with this bunch of clowns were eye opening. First was when I reported from work that an allotment owner in Fenton was actually training his fighting pit bull by hanging a live chicken just out of reach for it to jump at, got told it was not a problem of cruelty and was our responsibility.

Second was a song thrush that had its foot caught in a trap, took to Stapeley they said thank you there was nothing they could do and it would be humanely destroyed, just asked were they not going to take a look, only we had dressed the wound and kept the bird alive for several days already, it was destroyed.

And finally all those rescued dogs and cats that if not found a home in a VERY short time period, or who are too ill or aged are all destroyed.

So a fawn in distress etc and releasedand then recaptured, how much admin time would it have taken to find it a home? Still we must rest assured that some Inspector of the RSPCA who is not a veggie will be dining well no doubt. Lazarus, North Staffs


HOW DISGUSTING THAT THIS SHOULD HAPPEN, BUT I AM NOT SURPRISED THE R.S.P.C.A. IS NOT ALL THAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IT TO BE , THEY JUST TURNED IT OUT TO DIE.NOT A LOT OF CARE WENT IN TO IT. SHEILA, LONGTON

A few years ago the RSPCA prosecuted a local police officer because he killed a cat which had been badly injured in a collision with a car. He said he'd done this to put the cat out of its misery. Thankfully common sense prevailed and he was acquitted.

So how can the same RSPCA justify this barbarism?


That's the last time I put money into one of their collection boxes. J, Staffs

Of course he couldn't cope being young & hand-reared, but given time to re-adapt, who knows.

Other than that, the only decent thing would've been re-homing to a safari park or animal sanctuary. Shameful. Ivan, Staffs

I agree with previous comments. RSPCA should hang their heads in shame. There would of been plenty of other options to choose from instead of putting a healthy animal down. Absolute disgrace!!!!! How can the RSPCA claim to care for animals? SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!! A, Stoke

This article has compleatley changed my views on the RSPCA this is disgusting. it pretty obvious to anyone that if you hand reer an animal that should be in the wild, it would not take to the wild...its wrong on a huge scale that this animal has been put down. i think the RSPCA are at a huge fault on this and after reading this i would hope to god none of my own animals ever have to have anything to do with the RSPCA whoever it was that made this decision should have all authority to take an animals life removed i could name places off the top of my head that would hapilly take a healthy young offspring on and it would have a perfectly good life. this is shocking and disgracefull of the RSPCA. shocked, Stoke On Trent

"He wasn't behaving as wild animals do" said RSPCA spokeswoman Kayta Mira.

That's because he wasn't a wild animal, he'd been reared by humans from birth. Chucking a tame animal out into the wild and expecting it to behave as a wild animal is as bad as capturing a wild animal and expecting it to behave like a domestic pet.

The RSPCA raised this animal and had a duty of care to maintain it in the state that they had raised it to. Friends of mine did the same with a red deer fawn, she is happy now roaming the farm with other farm animals and horses and interacting with the people she has always known. There are plenty of people out there who would have been capable of looking after that animal. The RSPCA is getting as bad as PETA who "euthanase" (what a nice word) nearly all the animals entrusted to them for safekeeping. Sarah, Surrey

I can't believe I'm reading this!..... A healthy animal was put down, that is absolutely disgusting. You're telling me you couldn't find a home for it?? You kept this animal alive when he lost his mum, you must have known that by hand rearing it, it would not be able to go in the wild again, so why did you bother rearing the poor thing just to kill it anyway?????!!!!!!!!!!!!! Animal Lover, Staffs

Call yourselves animal lovers you are just sick If the deer couldnt of survived in the wild you should of found another home for him/her im sure there are plenty of zoo`s that would have gladly taken the poor deer in! Doctor Death.., The Cross..

Shame on you RSPCA. There must have been a better option than killing a healthy animal. Another sanctury, petting zoo, anything would have been better than death. Disgraceful! Stan, Burslem

RSPCA BULLY DEFENCE VETS

That increasingly odd organisation, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, stands accused this week of bullying any vet who dares to appear in court as an expert witness for the defence in cases of cruelty.
Evidence presented to a conference organised by the British Veterinary Forensic & Law Association alleges that the RSPCA has taken to intimidating vets who oppose it by filing repeated complaints about them to the Law Society, attempting to have them banned from testifying on grounds of bias and generally trying to discredit their reputations. One vet has suggested that the organisation's vast wealth has allowed it "to act as a self-appointed vigilante group... Anyone who tries to defend people against the RSPCA now risks professional complaints".
Those who choose to work as vets are not, as a whole, defenders of cruelty. These claims confirm the impression that the RSPCA has recently allowed its officials' enthusiasms for animal rights, laudable in themselves, to tip dangerously into excess, bullying and fanaticism.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/terence-blacker/terence-blacker-the-emptiness-of-institutional-caring-2116299.html

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

RSPCA BULLIES VETS IN CRUELTY CASES

It has targeted vets who have given expert testimony on behalf of defendants prosecuted by the RSPCA for animal cruelty
Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor Published: 24 October 2010

The RSPCA has an income of about £110m a year, mostly from legacies and donations The RSPCA faces accusations that it is bullying and intimidating vets after lodging complaints with their professional body.
It has targeted vets who have given expert testimony on behalf of defendants prosecuted by the RSPCA for animal cruelty. The vets include a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
Such complaints against expert veterinary witnesses are unprecedented by the RSPCA. The charity says the move is justified, partly because the vets concerned are well known expert witnesses who often appear on behalf of defendants, but mainly because expert evidence has been criticised in court hearings by judges.
This week, however, a conference organised by the British Veterinary Forensic & Law Association will hear vets and lawyers raise concerns over what they see as deliberate attempts by the RSPCA to deter vets from testifying for defendants.
Jonathan Rich, a barrister whose specialities include defending people charged with welfare offences, has been attacked in the past by animal rights activists.
He said: “Animal cruelty cases often turn on the advice provided by independent vets. It is vital vets should not be deterred by the threat of complaints to the RCVS or other legal tactics.
“The RSPCA’s behaviour risks creating an environment where people accused of animal welfare offences will not be able to get a proper defence.”
Bill Cartmell, a vet from Fareham, Hampshire, is one of those being investigated by the RCVS. He said: “Anyone who tries to defend people against the RSPCA now risks professional complaints. In one case where I was an expert witness the RSPCA instructed its solicitors to write to the courts before the hearing to say that I should not be allowed to testify because I was biased.
“They have no right to determine who stands as an expert witness; they are just a charity. The reality is that they are very rich and are effectively using their money to act as a self-appointed vigilante group.”
Colin Vogel, 64, a vet in Fakenham, Norfolk, who will be among the speakers at this week’s meeting, has testified in more than 100 cases, mostly for people facing prosecution for cruelty by the RSPCA.
He said: “In my case, the RSPCA have lodged complaints about me with the Law Society, where I am an accredited expert witness, and also with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and with the Society of Expert Witnesses.
“All those complaints were rejected but I have used the Data Protection Act to see their files on me, which appear to show that they are trying to gather evidence for further complaints.”
John Parker, RCVS president in 2005, appeared for the defence in the trial of a man accused of cruelty to horses. He said: “I am over 70 years old now and this case has been hanging over me for more than two years.”
Madeleine Forsyth, a vet from North Yorkshire who gave expert testimony for the defence in the same case, will describe this week how she faces a rare “wasted costs” application that could force her to pay an estimated £15,000. She said: “I have given evidence in a number of cases and the RSPCA does not like that.”
The RCVS said it could not comment on active cases. However, Harvey Locke, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) said a number of members had raised concerns about the RSPCA’s “potential discrediting of expert witnesses”.
The BVA confirmed that it had held a private meeting with the RSPCA last November to raise its concerns and would shortly be meeting the RCVS to discuss the matter again.
The RSPCA has an income of about £110m a year, mostly from legacies and donations. Critics suggest its “enthusiasm” for court cases is because they generate publicity that helps maintain its income.
David Bowles, director of communications at the RSPCA, rejects such claims. He said: “We carry out 138,000 investigations a year but last year only prosecuted about 1,000 people, which is a very small proportion.
“We have made complaints about some vets, but, regarding those who had appeared as expert witnesses, our complaint was linked to courtroom criticisms of their testimony.”
Hamish Rogers, the RSPCA’s case manager, said: “There are a few vets who earn their living appearing as expert witnesses for defendants, and they keep appearing time and again, and sometimes it is necessary to explore their credibility.”



Saturday, 16 October 2010

RSPCA GIVEN PERMISSION TO SELL SEIZED PETS BEFORE PROSECUTION

THE RSPCA has been given permission to sell more than 20 dogs at the centre of an animal cruelty case in Paignton.

HEAD OF RSPCA PROSECUTIONS SALLY CASE
The order was granted on Tuesday by Newton Abbot magistrates who heard that owner James Noon, 57, of Blagdon Road, Paignton, has pleaded not guilty to 26 charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and 13 counts of failing to ensure the needs of an animal were met.
His son Hamish Noon, 26, also of Blagdon Road, Paignton is accused of 23 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and one offence of possessing cannabis. He denies all the charges.
The court heard that 14 dogs were seized in February and a further 12 were taken at a later date. It has cost the RSPCA £15,000 to care for the animals.
Speaking outside court James Noon said he had been keeping dogs for 40 years and would be found not guilty of the charges.
During the hearing, in an outburst from the dock, James Noon said: "I love my dogs and I have done nothing wrong. I want to keep my dogs. I do care about my dogs."
Defending the Noon's Clive Rees said: "These dogs are evidence, as long as they are evidence I do not see how the police can get rid of them. They can put them into RSPCA custody but I cannot see how the evidence can be given away to a third party while the case is ongoing.
"Mr Noon has kept dogs for 40 years and there had not been a problem before. He does not want to pass them over."
He also said the application would 'deprive' James Noon of ownership of the dogs before he has been convicted of any offence.

PROSECUTOR SEWELL
Prosecutor Philip Sewell said the dogs were checked over by a vet before they were seized. But Mr Rees said a different vet had visited the premises five days before the dogs were taken and on that occasion none of them were seized.
Granting the application for the dogs to be passed into the ownership of the RSPCA and sold, chairman of the bench Dave Thompson said: "The welfare of the animals has to come first. We will grant the application because there is an option by which you can appeal."
James and Hamish Noon will appear at Newton Abbot magistrates court to answer the animal cruelty charges on February 1.
http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/Animal-charity-allowed-sell-cruelty-case-dogs/article-2761299-detail/article.html


RIDICULOUS RSPCA PROSECUTION FAILS

Another RSPCA attempt to criminalise an ordinary law-abiding person has failed,
A case that not only failed the evidential test, but would also have failed any reasonable person's public interest test.
BUT STILL GENERATES PUBLICITY FOR THE RSPCA.
"ITS CHEAPER TO PROSECUTE THAN ADVERTISE"


A PUB landlady has been cleared of animal cruelty charges.
The RSPCA prosecuted Dawn Walker after a pet rabbit was savaged to death by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier when both animals were left in her care.
But after hearing that the 37-year-old has done everything she could to protect the rabbit, JPs found her not guilty.
Gateshead magistrates heard that the animals belonged to Ms Walker’s grown-up daughter who was living temporarily with her in a flat above the Gloucester pub on High West Street, Gateshead, which she manages.
The rabbit and dog were bought when they were six-months-old and had grown up together.
She said they had played together without any problems.
But she said she never left them alone. She would either chain up the dog or put the rabbit in its hutch.
The animal charity, however, claimed that Ms Walker had been negligent by placing the ginger and white rabbit on a balcony roof alone with the dog, an act that resulted in its death.
A woman living in a flat that overlooks the pub alerted the RSPCA when she saw the dog with the rabbit in its mouth.
The first Ms Walker knew about the incident was when an RSPCA official knocked on her door.
The rabbit was found badly injured and was so traumatised that it died later.
There was no evidence of any puncture marks but it had suffered internal injuries from being thrown around.
Ms Walker said: “I had to go downstairs to the pub. The rabbit had gone into its hutch so I shut the hutch door.
“I don’t know if it chewed its way out.
“There was evidence that the inside of the hutch had been chewed so I think this is how it got out.”
She added: “I have always been adamant that I did everything I could to look after the rabbit and the dog and was very shocked to be taken to court. I am delighted that my name has been cleared but I am very sad for the demise of the rabbit.”
Since the incident in January, her daughter is now living away from the pub and has taken the dog with her.
Ms Walker’s solicitor, Michael Foley, said: “She was saddened and shocked by what happened. She did everything she could to look after the animals and there was no evidence that the animals had been neglected. This was an unfortunate one-off incident.”
Ms Walker had denied failing to meet the needs of the pet to be housed apart from a predator species resulting in its death and causing unnecessary suffering to a rabbit.
She was cleared on both charges.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/10/15/pub-landlady-cleared-in-animal-cruelty-case-72703-27478222/

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

MENTALLY ILL LADY JAILED AS RESULT OF RSPCA PROSECUTION

THE CPS WOULDNT PROSECUTE A MENTALLY ILL DEFENDANT, BUT THE BIGOTED RSPCA WILL


PROSECUTOR CHARLOTTE MITCHELL

A WOMAN has been jailed for four weeks and banned from keeping animals for five years.

The chairman of the magistrates at Cheltenham told Margary Wright she had caused unnecessary suffering to the cats over a long period of time.


"There is no other way to deal with this than to send you to prison for four weeks."
Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard that all the cats had been seized, but that Wright was appealing in the crown court to have them returned.
Charlotte Mitchell, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said Wright's treatment of the cats had come to light after she sold three of them for £500.
"Their new owner had serious concerns about their welfare," As a result of this, Wright's home was raided by RSPCA officers and a vet, backed up by police.
Defending, Stuart Ramshaw said that at the time of the offences Wright was suffering from a great deal of stress.
"She had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and was suffering from panic attacks," he said.
"This arose from an earlier period when she suffered racial harassment in her neighbourhood.
He said Wright's state of mind, as outlined in the probation report, meant she was not a suitable candidate for custody.
He suggested that a ban on keeping animals would be a considerable punishment for her together with a conditional discharge.
But the bench disagreed and as well as handing down the prison sentence, chairman Mr Johnson banned Wright from keeping any animals for five years.
Speaking after sentence, RSPCA inspector Phil Mann said: "Taking a case to court is the last resort for the RSPCA but in this case we were left with no other option.
"The defendant was not willing to take our offers of help or advice, she would not allow us onto her property and she failed to comply with the law.

http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/8444356.Woman_jailed_for_causing_suffering_to_cats/

The CPS tends not to prosecute disabled people, unless the seriousness or other circumstances of the case demand it. Its code for Crown Prosecutors states: “A prosecution is less likely to be needed if [it] is likely to have a bad effect on the victim’s physical or mental health, always bearing in mind the seriousness of the offence; the defendant is elderly, or is, or was at the time of the offence, suffering from mental or physical ill health, unless the offence is serious or there is a real possibility that it may be repeated… Crown prosecutors must balance the desirability of diverting a defendant who is suffering from significant mental or physical ill health with the need to safeguard the general public.” Despite the RSPCA’s claim that it “might not prosecute” in the case of a “defendant suffering from significant mental or physical ill health”,
http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/living/features/hounded




Friday, 8 October 2010

NO JUSTICE AT THE RSPCA













A WILDLIFE campaigner has been ordered to appear in court over the drowning of a grey squirrel.

Morpeth Red Squirrels Chairman Norris Atthey has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a grey squirrel, by drowning it.
The RSPCA has confirmed that it issued a summons to Mr Atthey yesterday morning to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington next month to answer the charge under the Animal Welfare Act.
The action follows a report in the Herald on August 12 in which Mr Atthey described killing a grey squirrel and challenged the RSPCA to prosecute him.
Mr Atthey, 66, of Ulgham, has confirmed that he has received the summons and is receiving specialist legal advice.
He has been ordered to appear at the court at noon on Monday, November 8.
http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/news/local-news/morpeth_squirrel_killer_is_arrested_1_1536967

WE ACCUSE THE RSPCA OF BLATANTLY DISREGARDING THE CPS FULL CODE TEST!



In 1951, Sir Hartley Shawcross, who was then Attorney General, made the classic statement on public interest:

"It has never been the rule in this country - I hope it never will be - that suspected criminal offences must automatically be the subject of prosecution". He added that there should be a prosecution: "wherever it appears that the offence or the circumstances of its commission is or are of such a character that a prosecution in respect thereof is required in the public interest" (House of Commons Debates, Volume 483, 29 January 1951). This approach has been endorsed by Attorneys General ever since.
http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/code_for_crown_prosecutors/codetest.html


EXTRACT FROM 19 AUG 10;  HOW CAN A CHARITY HAVE A PENSIONER ARRESTED?

A WILDLFIE campaigner who challenged the RSPCA to prosecute him for drowning a grey squirrel has been arrested.

Norris Atthey, 66, was arrested by police at his home in Ulgham  after refusing to take part in a voluntary interview with an RSPCA inspector.
He was taken into custody for questioning on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Mr Atthey was contacted by the RSPCA and refused to co-operate with their enquiries.
An officer returned to his home on Wednesday morning and Mr Atthey handed over a written statement, but refused to speak to the official.
Assistance was then requested from police to arrest him.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police were called to assist an RSPCA officer at an address in Ulgham at around 10.45am.
"Officers arrested a 66-year-old man at the address for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal".
http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/news/local-news/morpeth_squirrel_killer_is_arrested_1_1536967


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

WHY HAVE THE RSPCA NEVER PROSECUTED A FREEDOM FOODS ACCREDITED SUPPLIER?

An investigation by Sky News and Viva has uncovered evidence suggesting Britain's largest egg producer is contravening strict guidelines on animal welfare.
The RSPCA said it would be suspending the farms from the Freedom Food scheme
Noble Foods own hen farms accredited to the RSPCA Freedom Food scheme, designed to offer particularly high standards of welfare for farm animals.
But footage obtained by Sky News and Viva from two farms in Fife, Scotland, suggests the guidelines are being breached.
An employee for Noble Foods was covertly filmed revealing electric wires are used to control the hens, who are also encouraged to remain indoors until 80% of them are laying.
The Happy Egg website projects the image of a playground for its hens
Another worker admitted at least one barn was infested with red mite, a parasite that causes skin irritations.
On a second visit to the farm, investigators filmed dozens of birds which had lost feathers due to disease and being pecked by other hens.
For their Happy Egg brand, Noble Foods portrays an image of welfare standards beyond the requirements of the Freedom Food scheme.
The investigation into The Happy Egg Company shows a very different picture - one of disease, incarceration, short lives and electric shocks.
The company's website states hens are given activities to enhance their natural surroundings such as "an adventure playground and sandpit".
Yet on two separate visits to the farm Sky News discovered muddy surroundings and a water-logged sandpit.
Two separate visits uncovered poor welfare conditions
A Noble Foods worker was recorded admitting the farm had problems with soil drainage and conditions for the hens were different to those officially portrayed.
Justine Kerswell from Viva, told Sky News: "Contented hens pecking at the ground and enjoying a dust bathe in the sun - that's most people's view of free range egg production.
As soon as we were made aware of the video footage the company instigated an internal enquiry.
A statement from Noble Foods.
"Viva And Sky News' investigation into The Happy Egg Company shows a very different picture - one of disease, incarceration, short lives and electric shocks."
In a statement, Noble Foods said: "We take the treatment of our hens extremely seriously.
"As soon as we were made aware of the video footage the company instigated an internal enquiry.
"Last night, at our request, both farms involved were audited by RSPCA Freedom Food inspectors and both were given very positive reports.
"We will continue to work with RSPCA Freedom Foods to ensure the highest possible welfare standards across our farms."
The RSPCA told Sky News they take any potential breach of welfare standards very seriously and would be suspending the farms in question from the Freedom Food scheme pending their own investigation.
Noble Foods supplies Happy Eggs to supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Ocado.
Sainsbury's welcomed the RSPCA investigation while Ocado have announced they will de-list Happy Eggs from their range as a precautionary measure.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Sky-News-Egg-Investigation-Hen-Evidence-Suggests-Noble-Foods-Is-Breaching-Animal-Welfare-Guidelines/Article/201010115753484?lpos=UK_News_News_Your_Way_Region_9&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15753484_Sky_N
http://rspcainjustice.blogspot.com/2010/09/6000-salmon-killed-at-rspca-approved.htmlews_Egg_Investigation_Hen_Evidence_Suggests_Noble_Foods_Is_Breaching_Animal_Welfare_Guidelines
http://rspcainjustice.blogspot.com/2009/02/rspca-chefs-patronising-towards.html


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

RSPCA TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW?

http://www.rspca.org.uk/media/news/story/-/article/EM_EuthanasiaStatement_Sep10

As a result we have decided that our non-veterinary staff will no longer use these types of drugs.

However, RSPCA vets at animal centres and hospitals will continue to have access to pentobarbitone sodium (PBS) for euthanasia purposes.
We have been in close correspondence with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on this and have been looking to update our euthanasia procedures in line with current legislation.

WHY HAVE RSPCA INSPECTORS PREVIOUSLY BEEN ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER CONTROLLED DRUGS?

WHO HAS SUPPLIED THESE CONTROLLED DRUGS TO THE RSPCA?

WHY HAVE THE POLICE TAKEN NO ACTION?

WHY HAVE THE RCVS TURNED A BLIND EYE?







RSPCA FAILED PROSECUTORS TAKE 3 MONTHS TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER

WHY NO CONTEMPT OF COURT RULING AGAINST THE RSPCA?

CONGRATULATIONS MR O'NEILL WE HOPE YOU TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE RSPCA FOR DAMAGES


A HORSE breeder on Anglesey was finally reunited with his animals after a three year ordeal fighting to clear his name after an RSPCA neglect prosecution.

When the trial finally concluded, the magistrates acquitted Mr O’Neill of all charges, saying he could leave the court with “an untarnished reputation”. Such stories should be brought to the attention of all those generous folk who still provide the RSPCA with an income of £115 million a year in donations, without realising what a change has come over that once admirable organisation – and how much of its activity, according to critics, is now devoted to prosecuting innocent animal owners in order to generate the publicity that keeps those donations rolling in.

Michael O’Neill, of Rainbow Farm, Pentraeth, saw trained harness racing horse Mickey-Bob, and Barney taken by officers from the animal charity in 2007 after being found in a poorly condition.
This started years of hell for the respected breeder as he was dragged through the courts, with proceedings delayed further after he had a stroke in Holyhead Magistrates Court in 2009.
In July this year he was finally cleared of all neglect charges and the RSPCA were told to promptly return his horses.
It has taken nearly three months to comply with the order but yesterday the horses arrived back on Anglesey.
Mr O’Neill, in his 50s, said the three year fight has cost him thousands of pounds and lost the potential of racing Mickey-Bob, who was bred from a top class racing father.
He said: “All that potential has now been lost and I feel very bitter and disappointed. If the horses had been returned promptly I could have covered a couple of my own mares with Mickey-Bob but it is too late in the year now.”
Mr O’Neill won the case at Caernarfon Magistrates Court after the court accepted that abscesses on their throats were caused by a bacterial infection called strangles, and not neglect.
They had been bought in August 2007 for around £10,000.
Zoe McKenna, of Rhoscefnhir, who was accused alongside him, also had charges against her dropped at an earlier date.
He said: “For three years my life has been on hold, no one wanted to know me and my business as a horse dealer came to a halt.
“Mickey-Bob was over the worst of the strangles when he was seized and the recovery is quite rapid, he would have been race fit for the 2008 season but now we will never know. I feel cheated and that Mickey-Bob has been robbed of a career that he was bred and trained for.”
Mr O’Neill, who is originally from Ireland, is the fifth generation of horse breeder in his family.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2010/10/04/anglesey-horse-breeder-reunited-with-his-animals-55578-27394204/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/7932214/RSPCA-End-this-cruelty-to-animal-owners.html

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

YOU CAN HIT A CHILD, BUT CANT HIT A DOG, UNLESS YOU HAVE "ROYAL" CONNECTIONS

RSPCA DOUBLE STANDARDS EXPOSED
Poor Mary Bale. The woman who, in a "moment of madness", dumped a cat in a wheelie bin has been charged with animal cruelty. The RSPCA is prosecuting her with causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and "not providing the animal with a suitable environment". It would make you giggle if it didn't have the potential to ruin her life. The woman appears to have led a blame­less existence for 45 years and then she did something silly; we've all done silly things. She has said she is profoundly sorry. My cats do far worse things to little voles, mice and even baby birds than Ms Bale did to that cat in the bin. But that's OK, because it's "natural". Among the dozens of rules for owning a cat, introduced in the ridiculous Animal Welfare Act four years ago ("groom" it!?), is making sure your cat is able to "exhibit normal behaviour patterns". Funnily enough, the RSPCA's advice on kitties doesn't extend to explaining that normal behaviour may mean carnage from the natural kingdom appearing on your kitchen floor twice a day.
Sweet charity
A sense of proportion is beyond the wit of animal lovers, themselves often rather in­humane creatures, as viciously self-righteous as a parade of cardinals. Factory farming amounts to far greater cruelty than the actions of a few callous pet owners. Yet in 2009, the RSPCA spent ten times as much on its "inspectorate", a quasi-military force with the power to break into places without a warrant, than it did on the Freedom Food campaign to encourage high welfare standards in animal farming, which has a far wider impact on animal welfare, given the numbers involved.
The RSPCA seems to be more interested in harassing members of the public. Two years ago, it used its new powers to frighten off schools from keeping pets, asking them to name a sole individual responsible for rabbits' welfare - so it knew whom to threaten when the play got a bit noisy.
The British are profoundly hypocritical when it comes to attitudes to children and animals; just because it's a cliché, it doesn't mean it isn't true. Where is the list of rules instructing parents to provide outdoor space, healthy food and appropriate company for a child - on pain of prosecution? Abandon an animal and you get prosecuted; abandon a child and you get to join Fathers 4 Justice.
Pets rule
I know, it's different - we have a choice, we understand what's going on. But children don't. You can hit a child; you can't hit a dog. The RSPCA has had countless people convicted of animal cruelty since being given the power to prosecute four years ago. It doesn't even need to prove an animal was suffering: now, it can step in when it thinks that it might be about to suffer. Meanwhile, kids are left in overcrowded accommodation, getting fat on McDonald's and displaying behavioural difficulties associated with too much telly and computer games. It isn't only dogs that need exercise.
Look at the list of things I have to provide for the gerbils that are about to arrive for a child's birthday, according to my legal duty of care ­under the Animal Welfare Act. The "five welfare needs" that the politicians thought they were agreeing to when they passed the bill have bred like gerbils. There are now dozens of rules for each type of pet. The gerbils' "five needs" include: a cage, a nest box, bedding, burrowing material, water from a bottle with a spout, a "mixed diet" of grains, fruit and veg, occasional sunflower seeds and peanuts, an exercise wheel, toys, a gnawing block, friends, peace and quiet and a vet. For cats, it's separate beds and toys and hiding places, company when they want it, solitude when they don't, a well-balanced diet and allowing them to behave naturally. Does that mean I have to let them chase the gerbils?
http://www.newstatesman.com/society/2010/09/hit-child-animal-welfare-cat

Monday, 20 September 2010

CALLS FOR OSPCA CANADA TO BE CONTROLLED BY LEGISLATION


Saturday, 18 September 2010

SHOULD RSPCA HAVE "POWERS" CONTROLLED?

QUESTIONS ASKED BY ONTARIO GOVERNMENT, ARE THEY RELEVANT IN UK TOO?

Friday, 10 September 2010

JUST LIKE NAZI GERMANY



A SELBY widow is planning to make a formal complaint to the RSPCA after her cat was seized by the animal charity and put down just hours after he went missing from her home.

Ann Baker, 79, said Nightshift – a neutered male tabby, who she had kept since 1992 – was her last living link with her retired university professor husband Clyde Manwell, who died in December 2007.
Ann, who lives close to Selby Abbey, said: "I'm very upset – furious. They just put Nightshift down as if he was so much rubbish. They tried to justify it by saying he was old.
"I told them well I'm old too! Then they said he had most of his teeth missing. Well, I have no teeth at all! It was just like something out of Nazi Germany."
Ann said Nightshift had been taken ill and was treated at a highly-regarded vets in Howden on August 30 for respiratory difficulties.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

RSPCA KILL PENSIONERS CAT

NIGHTSHIFT, KILLED BY THE RSPCA

A Selby pensioner has told how the RSPCA seized her beloved pet cat from the street and put him down within the space of 24 hours.

Ann Baker, 79, of Church Avenue, said she had owned the tabby cat, Nightshift, since 1992 and he was the last living link she had with her late husband, who had still been alive when they took the animal in as a stray.
Mrs Baker said that over the weekend, Nightshift had come down with a respiratory problem. She took him to the vet on Bank Holiday Monday and paid more than £100 to have him treated.
On Tuesday, he was whining to go out of the house so she let him into the garden. But when she came to let him in, he was nowhere to be seen.
A neighbour later told her that an RSPCA van had been seen in the area and Mrs Baker then contacted the charity.
She said: “A woman confirmed they had picked up a cat in Selby. She phoned back and said she had bad news – he had been put down. I can’t understand it as his fur was healthy, his eyes were clear.”
She said the female inspector who had taken Nightshift was asked to bring the cat’s body back to Mrs Baker, and he had now been buried in her garden.
Mrs Baker said there appeared to have been no attempt to find out who owned the animal before he was taken away.
She said: “She (the inspector) just grabbed him off the street, bundled him into a van and had him destroyed.”
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said that if the cat had been microchipped it would have meant he could have been returned.
She said: “We are sorry that the cat’s owner has been caused upset and distress. We have been in touch with her to convey our sympathies.
“Our staff have animals’ best interests at heart. An RSPCA inspector took the cat to a vet who confirmed that it was extremely ill and suffering from several problems including kidney failure and breathing problems.
“Generally, if an RSPCA inspector finds a healthy cat then it is kept for seven days while we make inquiries and endeavour to track down an owner, but this cannot always be the case if an animal is very ill or injured and needs immediate veterinary treatment.”

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8372318.Lost_cat_is_put_down_by_RSPCA/?ref=rss#commentsList



Thursday, 2 September 2010

CONCERNS RAISED OVER RSPCA RELATIONSHIP WITH POLICE

AS THE RSPCA CONTINUE TO "TAKE OUT" RESCUE CENTRE COMPETITION, WE ASK WHO MONITORS THEIR LINKS WITH THE POLICE, AND WHO HOLDS THE RSPCA TO ACCOUNT?


A couple who ran an animal rescue centre in East Grafton, Claire Strong and Paul Wilson, are to face trial over cruelty charges brought by the RSPCA.

Strong, 21, and Wilson, 43, live at The Severalls, in East Grafton, where they ran the Wiltshire Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, which features in the 12 charges each of them face at Salisbury Magistrates Court.
They are contesting the allegations and it is estimated their trial, which starts on November 1, could last for 11 days.
The couple were both arrested in July 2009 at their home after neighbours called the RSPCA and police to check the premises where they kept rescued dogs, cats, rabbits and reptiles.
They had their own web site, waras.org.uk, on which they advertised pets that needed new homes with follow-up stories about successful re-homings.
Police arrested Strong and Wilson on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs and they were interviewed and bailed while the police and RSPCA investigation continued.
It is believed that Strong and Wilson are denying all the allegations hence the need for a lengthy trial.

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/8367791.Marlborough_couple_face_trial_over_sanctuary/


The Self Help Group for Farmers, Pet Owners and Others ...

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24 Jan 2008 ... 23 Sep 2008 ... Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, is furious at the recent prosecution of Pat Seager, a 71 year old pensioner who ran ...

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WHY ARE THEY SO VINDICTIVE? (From Wirral Globe)

17 Sep 2008 ... Pat Seager 71, of Green Lawn, Birkenhead, ... The pensioner, who has taken in rescue animals for the past 40 years, ... The town's MP Frank Field wrote a letter to the court that said: “I ...

www.wirralglobe.co.uk/.../3679634.WHY_ARE_THEY_SO_VINDICTIVE_/

RSPCA called to account

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www.ourdogs.co.uk/News/2009/July2009/.../rspca.htm


6000 SALMON KILLED AT RSPCA APPROVED FISH FARM

UK - Animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA is leading an investigation into the death of up to 6,000 farmed salmon at a fish farm in Shetland.
On Saturday SSPCA inspectors raided Hoganess Salmon on Shetland’s west side, acting in concert with the police, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and the government agency Marine Scotland, reports Shetland Marine News .
Hoganess Salmon operates from the shore base at Burrastow, near Walls, and grows around 3,000 tonnes of salmon over an 18 month cycle.
Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: "I can confirm that the Scottish SPCA is leading an investigation into alleged fish poisoning in the Shetland Islands, working with SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage, Marine Scotland and the police.
"This investigation is currently ongoing therefore no further information is available at this stage."
A SEPA spokeswoman also confirmed they were involved in “an ongoing investigation into an alleged fish mortality incident in Shetland”.
Hoganess Salmon is part of the Lakeland Group which is owned by Norwegian firm Marine Farms ASA, who have fish farming operations in Shetland, Argyll, Spain, Belize and Vietnam.
Lakeland’s managing director Willie Liston said problems arose when the company wascarrying out a controlled treatment for sea lice at one of its 16 cages in the area on 15 August.
He said that between 5,000 and 6,000 fully grown salmon, weighing an average of 3.5kg each, had died and the company had immediately launched its own investigation into what happened.
SEPA became involved after dead fish started to be transported to the dump in Lerwick last Thursday, he said. SSPCA and SEPA inspectors visited the fish farm on Saturday morning.
Mr Liston said: “The investigation revolves around a higher level of mortality than we would have expected in one cage while doing a sea lice treatment. I don’t know when that will be finished but we should know something within the next 10 days.”
He said there were different treatments for sea lice and this had been “a gentle bath treatment”.
The cage had been enclosed in a tarpaulin and the treatment had been applied using “one of the latest technology workboats to look after the welfare of the fish”, allowing the dosage to be more finely measured.
The Lakeland Group is certified by the English animal welfare charity RSPCA under its Freedom Foods label, which guarantees that animals are farmed to the highest welfare standards.
Lakeland say their policy is “to farm its fish with due respect to preserving the environment and consideration of animal welfare”.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/12953/salmon-deaths-trigger-inquiry

Illegal chemical may have killed salmon

30 Aug 2010... salmon died at the fish farm, based at Burrastow, near Walls. In a statement issued to the Oslo Stock Exchange, Marine Farm has said that ... and farmed fish, lice products not approved for salmon may have been used. ...

www.shetlandmarine.com/.../Illegal%20chemical%20may%20have%20killed%20salmon.htm

Lakeland salmon results prop up Marine Farms' Q2 performance ...
18 Aug 2009 ... Fishupdate.com: News » Aquaculture . The Bergen based salmon, seabass/bream and cobia farming company, Marine Farms ASA, has reported ...
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Salmon suspended from quality scheme

31 Aug 2010... admitted to the Oslo stock exchange that illegal chemicals may have been used at the fish farm, based at Burrastow, near Walls. ...
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Hoganess Salmon
Lakeland Group

Hoganess salmon operate in western mainland Shetland, particularly Vaila Sound ... is the farm assurance and food labelling scheme established by the RSPCA ...

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Salmon Deaths Trigger Inquiry

26 Aug 2010 ... On Saturday SSPCA inspectors raided Hoganess Salmon on Shetland's ... English animal welfare charity RSPCA under its Freedom Foods label, ...

www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/12953/salmon-deaths-trigger-inquiry
The wish list - Features, Food & Drink - The Independent

13 Nov 2004 ... All salmon comes from the RSPCA's Freedom Food approved Loch Duart ... Lakeland offers a choice of gift packs: go traditional with the ...

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RSPCA warns Scottish salmon farmers to shoot fewer seals
World ...

24 Nov 2008 ... Suppliers risk explusion from the Freedom Food accreditation scheme if they continue killing seals to protect stocks in such large numbers.

www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/nov/.../salmon-seals-rspca-sainsburys