Sunday, December 30, 2012

RSPCA: Rolling in Money While Killing Healthy Dogs

The RSPCA has just spent £330,000 (more than half a million dollars), getting a conviction against a single hunt for a single act of fox hunting. 

One hundred percent of the cost of this prosecution will be borne by RSPCA donors; a dubious use of their funds if there ever was one.

Meanwhile, the RSPCA is killing dogs and cats by the thousands and slashing staff as well,  because it says it does not have enough money.

Complete and utter nonsense.

In fact, the RSPCA is groaning with money, as even a cursory look at their books will tell you.

As I told a Facebook friend who works for the RSPCA in a small section rather removed from the main:
The RSPCA is rolling in money. Money is NOT the problem. The problem is that the RSPCA does not see itself as an organization that works to save and rehome dogs and cats. It's a FUNDRAISING organization (primary mission) that engages in CAMPAIGNS (secondary mission) that will do well in the mail.

They position themselves as law enforcement, but it's a complete lie, as they have NO police powers; it's all dress up, fraud and intimidation. Meanwhile, they shovel dogs and cats into the ovens because KILLING is part of the plan - it cuts down on expenses, and actually works to increase donations.

In short, it's just like the American ASPCA and HSUS: a direct mail fundraising mill that does some small bit of good that is completely out of scale with the massive amounts of money raised, even as their primary mission is a full-on war with farms and farmers.

So who actually does the bulk of the dog and cat rehoming in the U.K.?

As in the U.S., it's not the big-name "humane" organizations that flood the mail, but the small, underfunded groups that do the real job of helping and rehoming dogs and cats.

Fund them, and tell the big humane organization to "go fish."


Jemima Harrison said...

Did you see the actual euthanasia figures before repeating the irresponsible, agenda-driven drivel from the Daily Mail, Patrick? "In 2011, the number of rehomeable dogs which were euthanased dropped by 13 percent to 625 animals, and the number of rehomeable cats dropped 51 percent to 667 (after rises in both animals in 2010). The number of rabbits euthanased increased slightly to 91." The RSPCA has its faults - lots of them - and it needs a refocus, but it is not a UK version of HSUS. See:

PBurns said...

Jemima, the Daily Mail numbers are 100 percent right as you know and the RSPCA has admitted. Here are the numbers from The Independent, and from the RSPCA directly >>

Here is the BBC on the RSPCA shooting healthy dogs dead with a bolt gun. >>

As you know, the RSPCA's kill numbers have only fallen in the last year because the RSPCA has formally decided it is getting out of the rehoming business. They aim to feed only lawyers in the future.

For the record, I think you will find the RSPCA kills far more healthy dogs and cats every year that all the Neopolitan Mastiffs registered in the U.K. -- a breed you have focused some attention on. The point here is not that Neo breeders should be given a break, but that we hear an extraordinary SILENCE when it comes to the VAST sums collected by the RSPCA, which are put to little or no use at all.

Divide their budget by their employed staff.

Divide their budget by the number of animals rehomed.

Where does all the money go?

Not to animals, but to direct mail "campaigns" (printers and postage) and to lawyers.


PBurns said...

You might click on the first link in this blog post, by the way... the budget numbers are astounding, and so too is their trifling "success" for such sums. Pathetic.

Want to do a new documentary? Might I suggest a title: "Animal Charities Exposed." We both might know the fellow with the script! ;-)


PBurns said...

I did the math for you Jemima... the RSPCA spends 2 thousand pounds ($3,200 dollars U.S.) for EACH animal rehomed. You might suggest you can do it for less.

I dare you to write an article about where the RSPCA money goes. They are now spending a larger percentage of money to raise money than ever before... and rehoming fewer animals than ever before.

As for their legal campaigns, if a fox is worth 330,000 pounds, they might look into the price of putting in road crossing culverts for fox; I am pretty sure a few culverts would save a lot more fox lives at far less cost!

Seriously: Animal Charities Exposed would be a great documentary for the BBC. Propose it!

PBurns said...

Stunning silence on this. No plan in putting together ""Animal Charities Exposed" then?