The Daily Mail has looked into it and discovered it's all true:
There are many theories as to why the charity acts as it does. But the main problem seems to be the type of people now running it — who include extreme animal rights activists.
Take Dr Richard Ryder, a former director of the militant Political Animal Lobby, who is a member of the RSPCA’s ruling council. He has suggested that animals are morally identical to human beings so should never be used for food, clothing — or enjoyment. He thinks people who disagree are guilty of ‘speciesism’, which he compares to racism and sexism.
Since February, the RSPCA has been rudderless — following the resignation of chief executive Gavin Grant due to ill health. It is the only charity that brings private prosecutions. All others, including the NSPCC and RSPB, have given up, since the formation of the CPS in 1986.
Crucially, the RSPCA was forced to instigate an independent review of its prosecutions policy last year following intense criticism, including from the Attorney General. A report on the review was due this spring. There is still no sign of it.
All of this is a great shame because when the charity sticks to the core principles it was founded on — to help animals in need — it does very popular work.
...Critics say the downturn started when the RSPCA began wading into political controversies, such as fox hunting and the badger cull, and because of the row over its prosecutions policy.
The latest accounts posted by the RSPCA show cash receipts down from £112.4 million in 2012 to £105.4 million in 2013. The cash from legacies was down £5.7 million, while individual gifts fell by £1.2 million. Money from membership fees fell from £590,000 to £556,000.
Sara-Lise Howe, a barrister who has defended pet owners in recent court cases, is in no doubt that urgent action is needed. ‘We are seeing the criminalisation of innocent pet owners,’ she says.
‘From the moment the investigators arrive on the doorstep, the owners are treated as criminals, and their rights ignored. ‘The police wouldn’t be able to get access like this.
‘The RSPCA comes to the door on the basis that it is helping, but then starts gathering evidence without telling householders they have the right to tell the inspector to leave.’
As a result, the Byrnes family, Dilys Hadley and countless others who’ve had their beloved pets summarily put down, are left wishing they’d simply slammed the door when the inspector came calling.