In Search of the Truth
PO Box 67 High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP15 6XP
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29 March 2002
Peter Davies Esq
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
West SussexRH13 7WN
A worrying matter has come to our attention and we would very much appreciate hearing from you with answers to the following questions:
1. How many related cruelty cases have you attempted to take to court during the course of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001 and with what results?
2. How many cases have you taken under Section 1 Suffering of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 through to the full span of the legal 6 months limit before announcing that you will drop the case ?
With the innumerable instances of cruelty highlighted by the press and witnessed by so many people, it is with dismay that we cannot find one instance where the RSPCA has taken any case to court, let alone follow one through to its successful conclusion.
Many times we ourselves were contacted by people on mobile phones, desperate to get the RSPCA to a scene where outstanding cruelty was taking place. On rare occasions we or they succeeded. Mostly (and these things rarely happened during convenient 'office hours' ) we drew blanks, receiving either recorded voices telling us the offices were closed, or desperate sounding telephone operators saying they could 'make a note but there is nothing more they can do.' Or 'that MAFF would not allow them on the land and therefore they would be contravening the law were they to insist'. The idea of setting up an emergency service at the Horsham Office was treated with ridicule.
The main purpose of the FMD Forum, is to look into the scourge of FMD and other animal diseases, with a view to steering the authorities into adopting into their legislation, modern methods through the use of modern science.
Obviously animal welfare and the individual treatment of the sentient animals involved has to be of prime consideration; particularly in the light of so many rules and regulations, which at present allow these aspects to be overlooked in favour of trade or political advantage.
In not being seen to be seeking to get these laws modified, the RSPCA has been acquiescing to the dictats of governments, rather than carrying out their duties of protecting the animals from being cruelly terrified, contrary - we suppose - to the terms of their Royal Charter.
Chairman: Bill Eykyn
Executive Director: Alicia Eykyn Veterinary Director: Wendy Vere MA VetMB MRCVS Research Director: Jon Dobson
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Ken Tyrrell BAB.Sc(Vet) MRCVS,Dr Susan Haywood PhD BVSc MRCVS, Alayne Addy solicitor, Barbara Jordon solicitor,Stephen Tromans barrister, Phil Owen
Leolin Price CBE QC, Lady Lucinda Lambton, Allan and Rosie Beat, The Countess of Marr, Joan Gambage, Rosemary Upton, Tom Griffith-Jones , Arwyn Davies
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