Sharp rise in cases of animal cruelty

RSPCA reports increase in animal cruelty cases

source: Jason Bennetto
Independent April 30 2002 p6

The number of calls to the RSPCA reporting cruelty to animals has increased by over 350,000 to 1.5 million in 2001 compared with 1991, while complaints investigated have risen to 123,156 from 86,531 in this period. Meanwhile, there were 2,449 convictions in 2001 compared with 2,718 in 1991.

The RSPCA has set out a plan for a bill of rights for animals, including entitlements to veterinary treatment, shelter, water, food, freedom from distress and fear, and freedom to express behaviour that is normal for the species. This proposal for legislation is being considered by government ministers.