Archive for April, 2013

Being the professionals animals need us to be

Troy the Staffy with skin condition © RSPCA

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.  I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

Mahatma Gandhi

People often say to me, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do your job’ referring to the seemingly endless photos and video footage of horrific cruelty animals are subjected to by the hand of man that … continue reading ››

McDonald’s switch to Freedom Food pork

Pigs on a Freedom Food © RSPCA

Why McDonald’s move to 100 per cent Freedom Food pork is a big deal for animal welfare

McDonald’s might be large, and some will trumpet that ‘they can afford it’ – but this is no mean feat for a business that has 1,200 restaurants and serves 3 million customers every day in the UK.  In fact, it shows just what can be done if the will is there.  By making this move, McDonald’s has shown that it is possible to continue reading ››

The cat with a meow like a foghorn, and other curious tales

Bengal Cat Jasper © RSPCA

I turn over in bed and it begins. ‘Yowwwwwwwwwllllll….! Yowwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!’ The sound gets closer. He enters the room. ‘Yowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwllllllllllllllllllllll!’ I lie still, pretending to be asleep. My alarm hasn’t gone off. I don’t want to get up just yet. A paw smacks me neatly on the forehead. I open one eye. ‘Yowl’, he says, before strutting towards the door. He looks round expectantly and quite indignantly. ‘Yowl!’ he says again. I sigh, sit up, pull on my dressing gown and … continue reading ››