The owners of independent animal refuges claim they have faced disproportionate attention from the charity and have started a pressure group to highlight their case.
They claim the RSPCA is acting because it does not approve of the “no kill” policy of many of Britain’s estimated 1,000 independent sanctuaries. Under the policy, animals are only destroyed on a vet’s recommendation that they cannot be effectively treated. In contrast, the RSPCA puts down about 53,000 animals a year.
The group claims the RSPCA has been raiding small sanctuaries with little or no evidence of wrongdoing to justify action. The RSPCA says it acts out of concern for animal welfare and that raids are a measure of last resort.
This is simply standard operating procedure for any organisation that can gain the power to act in such a manner.
It would be true of the Girl Guides if they could close down other female juvenile groups. This is just what organisations do: it’s C. Northcote mixed with a bit of The Prince.