Archive for April, 2014

Calling for an end to non-stun slaughter

Broiler chicken © RSPCA

Slaughter without pre-stunning can cause suffering to millions of farm animals in the UK. We are opposed to this practice and have supported an HM Government petition by the British Veterinary Association calling for an end to non-stun slaughter once and for all.

The petition achieved over 118,000 signatures and was debated by Parliament in February 2015.

Slaughter without pre-stunning causes suffering

Scientific evidence clearly shows that slaughter without pre-stunning is an important animal welfare concern.

In 2003, the government’s … continue reading ››

‘Feeling the Pinch?’ – Charities & others unite against pinch collars

(c) iStock

We recently published a blog stating our opposition to pinch collars  in response to an online campaign calling for their sale to be banned. We’re heartened at the level of public support the campaign has received and the awareness it has raised through it’s Facebook group and online petition.

Pinch collars (also known as ‘prong collars’) are devices designed to cause pain and discomfort to dogs. We believe their use is entirely unnecessary and while some still advocate their … continue reading ››

Mad as a March hare

Five-week-old wild rabbit kitten © RSPCA

With Easter approaching, many associate this time of year with chocolate (especially in my case) and the ‘Easter bunny ’. However did you know traditionally the ‘Easter bunny’ was in fact the ‘Easter hare’?

There are two species of hare found in the UK – the mountain or Irish hare (Lepus timidus) and the most common, the brown hare (Lepus europaeus).

Although brown hares can breed all year round, due to the lighter evenings and early … continue reading ››