An update on the captive bolt. RSPCA inspectors, we know use
this method routinely to kill dogs and cats.
Hi, a reply finally to my
question asked in august, they have the reply dated 13/11 but I only got
notification of it today. 65 dogs killed by captive bolt.
for your enquiry.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in response;
this is due to an exceptionally high number of enquiries received over recent
months and it is taking some time to reply to them all.
Not all the
figures you have requested are available and we would normally require greater
background and context so that we can understand the purposes for which the
statistics will be used. However, we hope you find the following information
On average the Society rehomes over 60,000 animals every year.
It has been necessary for our inspectorate to euthanase 576 dogs so far this
year, 65 by captive bolt. The use of the captive bolt is the quickest and
kindest approach under certain circumstances, but the Society recognises that it
may be perceived as a controversial method of euthanasia for companion animals.
Sadly, the RSPCA is often seen as the charity of last resort and so that
an animal's welfare is not compromised further, euthanasia is often the kindest
option. No one working for the Society finds this aspect of their role at all
easy. Until there is greater recognition of the issues surrounding
indiscriminate breeding and irresponsible pet ownership it is likely to remain
an aspect of our work.
We have new campaigns and education programmes
planned for 2010 that will highlight and address these fundamental concerns.
Other animal welfare charities claim they do not put animals to sleep but
say they are unable to assist owners in many more challenging circumstances. The
RSPCA does not believe this is an acceptable response as further animal
suffering is often the result.
Thank you again for contacting the
Society, and we hope the above information has been of interest.
RSPCA HQ Advice Team13/11/2009
This is a supposed animal
welfare organisation. We believe the figures to be much higher. This is
Please could you publish this on your UK section. This
is one of 2 desperate cases, the other one is a dog called Radar in Somerset
but I will send you details separately.
In spite of the Animal
Welfare act, neither the councils or the useless RSPCA will help either Jack
or Radar. Both dogs were out all winter in that appalling weather.
There are clear section 9 offences yet The RSPCA claim that these dogs are
living in acceptable conditions.
How can being permanently tethered,
allow a dog to exhibit normal behaviour patterns? Their drinking water is
We would rehome these dogs but nobody will help.
Incidentally, 3 weeks ago, the RSPCA with a total of 50 officers (police,
animal welfare and RSPCA) raided Rosedene rescue in Walsall west Midlands.
The kennels were not 5 star but the dogs were all cared for and volunteers
went in every day to clean, feed and walk the dogs. The RSPCA killed 3
beautiful dogs on the day - 2 rotties and a staffie. They won't however do
anything to help Radar or Jack.
The RSPCA are out of control - their motto is 'it's cheaper to kill
than rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.'
Date: 21 January 2010
Cc: "Penketh, Stuart P Cllr"
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Cummings, Tony J. Cllr."
<email@example.com>, "Briggs, Sharon Cllr." <S.K.Briggs@bury.gov.uk>,
Andrew Greaves <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com, MWATTS@rspca.org.uk, Pauline Baines
council Animal Welfare Officer)
There are many dogs and puppies kept
locked up in extreme conditions in the ramshackle tin huts on this eyesore
of derelict land at the top of Brinks Lane Radcliffe Manchester, Jack the
German Shepherd dog has been chained up outside in temperatures as low as
minus 12 recently with only a bucket of ice where his water should be. Jack
is constantly chained here for most of his life.
As you know I
have been told the person doing this is selling these dogs and horses on for
Councilor Stuart Penketh also informs me he could see caged birds
also inside one of these tin huts.
I am so sadly disappointed by the
way the RSPCA have dealt with this recent complaint and it is not the first
time I have heard about them failing to help animals. I have spoken to Nigel
Yeo (RSPCA) on the telephone and although he promised to investigate and
re-contact me he has failed to do so.
I have cut 'n' pasted various
applicable bits from DEFRA's website.
You will be able to see here many items taken from DERFA's website
that are applicable to Jacks (The German Shepherd Dog) and the other dogs on
this derelict land situation.
It impossible to understand how
Caroline Hall the RSPCA inspector can say that Jacks situation is acceptable
when you take into consideration the guidelines given by DEFRA in relation
to the Animal Welfare Act. Her view is not in accordance with the guidelines
DEFRA has recently published. It does however raise the question of whether
or not she is a suitable person to hold this position within the RSPCA given
that she has been aware of this poor set of circumstances these animals find
themselves in for many months and has so far condoned it.
Protecting pets from cruelty Animal Welfare Code for the welfare of
privately kept non-human
21 January 2010: Defra has launched
a code of practice for the welfare of privately kept non-human
The code provides owners and keepers of primates, kept in private
ownership, with information on how
to meet the welfare needs of their
animals, as required by the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
needs a safe, comfortable place to rest, situated in a dry, draught-free
area. Living in a cold or damp place can lead to suffering. If your dog
lives outside, it will need protection from adverse weather or other
A dog is naturally disinclined to soil its living area and
needs regular opportunities to use a toilet area, or it will become
distressed. Some dogs may need access to a toilet area more frequently,
for example: very young; very old; and those that are ill.
dog needs:- Dogs feel pain and have similar pain thresholds to people.
However, individual dogs and different breeds or types may show pain and
suffering in different ways. Any change in the way a dog behaves can be
an early sign that it is ill, or in pain.
o Provide your dog with a
comfortable, clean, dry, quiet, draught-free rest area.
o If your dog
is kept in a kennel, or tethered, you should check it frequently and ensure
it is not in danger or distressed.
o Do not leave your dog
unattended in any situation, or for any period of time that is likely to
cause it distress.
o Provide your dog with clean fresh drinking water
at all times. If necessary carry water, in a suitable container, with you
when clean water is unlikely to be available.
o Dogs should be able
to reach food and water easily in all situations.
What your dog needs
The way a healthy dog behaves is individual and depends on its age, breed or
type and past experience. However, most dogs are playful, sociable
animals and they enjoy playing together with toys, people and other dogs.
Play is an important part of getting along with people and other dogs,
and although dogs will spend some time playing alone with toys etc., they
should have regular opportunities for interactive playing.
intelligent animals and can suffer from boredom. If your dog is bored, and
does not have enough to do, it may suffer or engage in inappropriate
behaviour. Changes in behaviour may indicate that something is wrong with
a dog's health.
What you should do:
o Make sure your dog has
enough to do so that it does not become distressed or bored.
Provide your dog with regular opportunities for exercise and play with
people or other friendly dogs.
o Give your dog the exercise it
needs, at least daily unless your vet recommends otherwise, to keep your
dog fit, active and stimulated.
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