|archmage||Date: Sunday, 30-December-2012, 8:16 AM | Message # 1|
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|Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues - yet thousands are completely healthy. |
Shock figures reveal 3,400 animals put down for 'non-medical reasons'/
Whistleblower claims she shot healthy dogs 'because there was no room'/
Statistics show 10,000 fewer animals were rehomed in 2011/
But charity's prosecutions of rogue pet owners leap 20 per cent/
Countryside Alliance says charity should lose right to call itself Royal/
The RSPCA destroys nearly half the animals it ‘rescues’ each year, with thousands being put down for non-medical reasons, shocking figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal.
The animal-welfare charity destroyed 53,000 animals last year – 44 per cent of those it took in – leading critics to claim that the organisation spends too much time on prosecuting cases of neglect and cruelty and not enough on finding new homes for animals.
The charity insists the vast majority of the animals were put down to end their suffering, but it admits that last year alone 3,400 animals were destroyed for ‘non-medical’ reasons, such as the lack of space in kennels and catteries.
A former RSPCA inspector claims the charity is killing more healthy animals than necessary by branding them ‘unsuitable for rehoming’.
Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday, Dawn Aubrey-Ward says she was forced to put down many healthy pets during her two years with the organisation.
Ms Aubrey-Ward claimed large numbers of animals, particularly dogs, were put to sleep after being classed ‘unsuitable for rehoming’, but that the definition could be widely drawn to often include older animals, those needing veterinary care, dogs deemed ‘aggressive’ or larger dogs which were ‘hard to home’.
The number of animals re-homed has dropped from 70,000 in 2009 to 60,000 last year, while the number of convictions secured has leapt by 20 per cent. Figures obtained for the past five years show that 46 per cent of animals rescued by the charity were put down.
Read more/Full article/source - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news....hy.html
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