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RSPCA publicly apologises for wrongly killing a domestic cat — 14 Comments

  1. I’m pleased that they actually made a public apology. This is rare for them and hopefully a step towards a better relationship with the public.

    I think the RSPCA’s primary role these days is to prosecute cases of animal cruelty, rather than re-homing cats. Although in this instance, they should have not behaved in the manner they did, I imagine it must be horrendously frustrating when genuine cases of animal cruelty receive so little justice in the courts. I’m sick of people getting off with little more than a slap on the wrist for torturing and killing animals.

    Personally I would be wary of removing powers from the RSPCA and handing them over to government or public officials. Many of them have even less interest in animal welfare. I’d also be very concerned about how strongly the hunting with dogs ban would be enforced if the RSPCA didn’t continue with prosecutions.

  2. While the Pet Welfare Law has good points it’s not so good that animals can be seized and PTS by the RSPCA when they could instead educate the owner as to how to care for him/her better.
    It seems to be about PR for them, look everyone we are doing our job! But they are not, trying to get through to report a neglected animal is a nightmare, then there are 20 questions which make the person feel they are in the wrong for phoning in. A few months back here someone was concerned about some dogs, asked would the RSPCA come and check on them? No, it meant a phone call to Environmental Health who would come out and see if the RSPCA needed to come! Crazy!

    • I agree Ruth. What I expect is for the RSPCA to come out if we believe an animal needs help and we can’t do it ourselves. On 2 occasions for me they have failed in that regard. They have gone off course as far as I am concerned.

  3. Such a sad story, that poor cat was in a state but could have been sorted out without the RSPCA shoving their way in and seizing him and killing him, in actual fact the neighbour was lucky to get someone to respond, the RSPCA normally don’t want to know or help in the plight of neglected animals. The victim and the loser here was the poor cat, he’s the only one I feel sorry for.

    • Now that is a good point Babz. Normally (based on my experience) it is hard to get the RSPCA to turn up! Perhaps in this case they started off with the idea of turning this into a publicised example of cat abuse. The mentality at that time was to use criminal prosecutions as a means to prevent animal cruelty. It was a bad policy which has back-fired and I believe it has been changed.

  4. You know the sun is setting when cats with short tails cast long shadows.

    At least the RSPCA had the “gumption” to admit the mistakes, as painful and dire as they were.

    I applaud them for that.

    I dare say, they appear to be on the right track towards becoming a ‘proper’ organization, with accountability and purpose, and a sense of stewardship to the public and the animals they claim to represent and ‘protect’.

    Kudos to the director or person responsible for the given statements of culpability. Ownership of and responsibility for actions taken are traits hard to find anywhere.

    From people who snuff kitties for a living, that is the best it is going to get.


    • Absolutely. You can turn a cat that looks terrible into a fine companion. In this case the RSPCA were too keen to find fault and start a criminal prosecution. It was a very bad mistake by the RSPCA.

  6. PS. The RSPCA apology is not very convincing given their nasty track record on this case. It looks like damage control after belatedly receiving some sensible legal advice. All that happened before that advice was the work of very nasty people.

  7. Once again we see that people working in a professional way with cats behave in a most unprofessional, immoral, and irrational way. What is it about cats that attracts such such people/ perhaps it`s because they can get away with idiocy and murder in that line whereas elsewhere they would soon be stopped.

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