Archive for the ‘Animal welfare’ Category

The needs of marmosets


This International Primate Day, thousands of primates remain confined inside domestic homes across England and Wales.

Our senior scientific manager for captive wild animals Dr Ros Clubb, talks us through how the basic needs of a marmoset monkey contrast with the conditions that we generally find them being kept in.

Marmoset monkeys are by far the most common type of primate that we have found being kept as pets. They’re a clear example of how difficult it is to meet … continue reading ››

Improving transparency in slaughter: first signs of a Brexit Spring?


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) have proposed mandatory CCTV in all approved English slaughterhouses. David Bowles, our assistant director of external affairs, examines what this announcement could tell us about the future handling of animal welfare issues during Brexit.

The news surrounding Brexit is currently full of speculation, stalled negotiations and the pros and cons of being in or out of the Customs Union. It’s fiendishly complicated, and frankly quite boring to most people.

However, Brexit … continue reading ››

Helping keep pets cool in the heat

Cat enjoying a frozen food treat to keep cool in summer © RSPCA

Schools are breaking up, weather forecasters are predicting a heatwave and many of us are looking forward to heading off on our summer holidays.

As temperatures soar it’s important to keep our pets cool and some of our RSPCA centres have ingenious ideas you can try at home.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midlands so I always had a menagerie of animals around me from my dog Prince, a springer spaniel, as well as donkeys, ponies, … continue reading ››