Categories: Cat News

Animal rights advocates attempt to seize power at RSPCA

Photo: RSCPA

A bevy of animal rights advocates have put themselves forward as candidates for election to the RSPCA’s ruling council. It is likely that one or more will be elected by the charity’s 22,000-strong membership.

The RSPCA has an annual £125m year income. The election of animal rights advocates may change the direction of the charity. The last chief executive, Gavin Grant, had a somewhat torrid time and resigned due to ill-health after prioritising the concept of litigating high profile cases through the courts to highlight animal abuse. The concept failed because of overzealous prosecutions.

John Bryant, one of the new candidates, has a PETA-esque opinion about companion animals – do away with them entirely. This is what PETA want. He feels that the companion animal – primarily cats and dogs – are slaves to humans. They should be “liberated from our firesides”.

I can see where he is coming from. It could be argued that the concept of the domestic cats and dogs has failed to a large extent because of poor management by humans and worse; there are too many cats and dogs euthanised annually to call domestication a success. And there is too much animal abuse. Humans, taken as a whole, are perhaps not entirely suited to being a companion to animals.

Another candidate is vegan Peta Watson-Smith, who compares farming to the holocaust. I can understand that argument too.

Dan Lyons, a third candidate, is the co-founder with Angela Roberts of Centre for Animals and Social Justice. This organisation investigates the “democratic representation of animals”.

Angela Roberts is the co-founder of Uncaged, which targeted Procter & Gamble for animal testing. Excellent.

Angela Roberts with Dan Lyons, have looked at solutions to non-human political empowerment. And state:

“Some academics have suggested reserving seats in parliament for representatives elected exclusively for the representation of the interests of animals.”

That is an excellent idea. There is certainly a place in parliament for the voice of animals.

Being a bit of an animal right activist myself, I’d love to these candidates to succeed. Not everyone would agree, obviously. The charity is in the process of rebuilding its reputation after the unsettling years under Grant. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns at the Countryside Alliance said:

“It would be a significant backward step to elect onto its council people determined to return the society to an extremist agenda.”

I disagree because I don’t see animal rights advocates as extremists. I see them as people keenly focusing of the aspects of our relationship with animals which have failed and how to rectify things. It is the mainstream establishment who are, arguably, the extremists in supporting for example fox hunting which is due to be reinstated during this parliament.

Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress (when available).
Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

View Comments

  • Because they think animals will not be in Heaven. I feel differently. Why would God create them and not also keep them , as he has promised to save us> humans ? This comment is my personal belief. Others are free to choose as they see fit. Eva

  • Dear Sandra & Michael__I am in agreement with your comments. If we lived in a perfect world, all would be equal, everyone would be safe, feel loved and be protected. Thank You for your honesty.Eva_

    • The scenario you portray is actually possible if we stopped killing each other and animals for fun ; ) -- How did humans become so arrogant, believing they are special and above other animals?

  • Cats as "slaves" to humans. Has John Bryant ever shared his home with a cat (lol).

    I like the idea of seats in Parliament reserved for animal welfare advocates. At the moment, we have to hope that our local M.P.'s are pro-animal welfare and will speak up for them when certain bills are presented.

    Michael are you sure you're not missing some zeros off the annual income figure for the RSPCA?

    • I have become terribly word blind - sorry. It is a problem. I have changed it. It was meant to be £125m! I am not sure if this problem is age-related ;) . Thanks for spotting it.

  • The fact that humans, as a whole, are not suited to be animal or even child guardians, but unfortunately that won't stop them from putting themselves in these positions, from unwise and most likely, emotional decisions. These initial feelings/thoughts may fade away when the reality of the burden of care, hits home. That's when the suffering begins, and usually gets worse, until steps are taken in time to save the voiceless, abused animal or child. Many are never saved.

  • Humans, [ taken as a whole } are perhaps not entirely suited to being a suitable companion to animals.This statement is entirely true, irregardless of the outcome.

    • Thanks Eva. The more I have thought about our relationship with cats and dogs - and we have to look at the whole planet not just the West - the more I have felt that domestication of cats and dogs is a failure. I hate to come to that conclusion.

Recent Posts

10 thoughts on how to make your cat less timid

I'm going to rely on chapter 19 of Jackson Galaxy's book Total Cat Mojo to…

4 hours ago

Has this cat hater gone too far with his DIY automatic anti-cat device?

NEWS AND COMMENT - PERTH: A peeved and frankly angry Australian man, Craig Turner, built…

13 hours ago

Should I let my cat lick me?

This very fundamental question is asking whether cat owners/guardians they should let their cat lick…

16 hours ago

3 reasons why you might lose your cat to your neighbour

We know that we don't truly own our domestic cat companions. We might think that…

18 hours ago

What type of cat is the Whiskas cat?

The Whiskas cat 2020, judging by the latest videos on YouTube, is likely to be…

1 day ago

Russian stray cat survives minus 27 degrees Celsius

Below is a stitched together narrative from many Twitter tweets in Russian (translated by Google)…

1 day ago