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Fifty year anniversary of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster

RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre Group of adult Guillemots on water West Hatch, Somerset, UK

Fifty years ago, on the 18 March 1967, the oil tanker Torrey Canyon ran aground on Seven Stones, off the Isles of Scilly.

The events of the days following this resulted in the worst oil spill in the UK with oil arriving on the Cornish coast from Newquay to the Lizard and slicks seen from Hartland Point in north Devon to Start Point in the south.

The following post has been written by Adam Grogan, Head of Wildlife at the … continue reading ››

Dog training: it’s time to be more positive

Irish red setter being trained using positive techniques © RSPCA

With Crufts behind us again for another year, RSPCA chief scientific officer and dog trainer Dr Julia Wrathall looks back at some of the highlights and lowlights from this year’s show.

My role as chief scientific officer involves overseeing the RSPCA’s work on a huge range of species and welfare issues, including, of course, dogs. In my spare time I’m a dog training instructor with Billingshurst Dog Training Club, so experience first-hand how people think about and treat their … continue reading ››