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2012ContinuingstrongRSPCAANNUALREVIEW CONTENTS04Continuingtheghtforbadgers06Onthelookout08Thelong-distancetransportcase10RSPCAtotherescue12Huntfeelsfullforceofthelaw14Animalhospital24716Homesandhealth18Standingupforresearchanimals19Usingscienceforcompanionanimals20Wildliferescue21Usingscienceforwildlife22FreedomFood23Usingscienceforfarmanimals24Informingyoungminds25Globalreach26Moneymatters28Howyoucanhelp30Andtheresmore...2012sawtheRSPCAcomeoutghting.Thebadgeronourfrontcoversymbolisesourdeterminationnevertostopbattlingforanimals.Inthreebigheadline-grabbingissuesthisyearwehaveshownourmettleRSPCAANNUALREVIEW2Inevitablyweveattractedhostilityfromthosewhowanttocontinueabusinganimalsfortheirowngain.Buttheoverwhelmingsupportfromoursupportersandthepublicconrmsthatthevastmajorityofpeoplearerightbehindus.Theywantustospeakoutandstandupforallanimalsfarmanimalspetsanimalsusedinresearchandwildlifebybringingthosewhoabusethemtojustice.Andthatsexactlywhatwelldothroughourinspectorseldofcersandexpertstaff.ourcampaigntoreversetheWestminstergovernmentswrong-headeddecisiononbadgercullingourdrivetostopthecrueltyoflong-distanceliveanimaltransportoursuccessfulcriminalprosecutionoftheHeythropHunt.P2KlausEchlenaturepl.comIngridVekemansAndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibraryP3JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibrary 2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG3lnreturningtotheRSPCAinJanuary2012after20yearsIwaspleasedtoseetheprogressmadeonsomeofthechallengesanimalsfacethoughothersarestillverymuchpresentandnewoneshavearisen.Welcometoour2012reviewIn2012wewonsomenotablevictoriesforanimalwelfarebutthecontinuingeconomicsituationmeansthepressureonusandtheanimalsthatneedourhelpisincreasingfromallsides.Thankfullywevehadgreatbackingfromthepublicandoursupporters.Andonceagainourincrediblebandofbranchesanddedicatedvolunteersandstaffhavegiventheirall.Itsbeenayearofheadlinesandcontroversy.Inadditiontotherisingtideofabuseabandonmentandneglectofpetanimalsincludingagrowingcrisisforhorsesthewelfareoffarmedanimalsresearchanimalsandwildlifewaschallengedin2012.Inparticularthreebigissueshavebeeninthepubliceye.Aslong-distancelivetransporttheexportofsheepandtwo-week-oldcalvesbegantoincreaseagainfromourportswesteppedintoprotestandtomakesuretheanimalswellbeingwasprotected.Sadlyasourdayofhorrorfeatureonpage8showsittookthedeathsofdozensofanimalstoforceatemporarysuspensionoftheactivity.Thebattletoendthisunnecessaryandmiserabletradecontinues.Secondlyweralliedmassivepublicsupportbackedbyleadingscientiststopersuadethegovernmenttoreconsideritsplansforapilotbadgercull.Thispostponementofthecullsuggestsbattlelineswillberedrawnin2013.AndnallyastheyearclosedwebuiltapowerfullandmarkcaseagainsttheHeythropHuntforitsillegalactivitiesinhuntingwithdogsleadingtosuccessfulprosecutions.Ourrmactionstopreventsufferingstemfromsoundscienticevidenceandadeterminationthatcompassionforanimalsisthehallmarkofacivilisedsociety.Throughouttheyearourvolunteersandstaffworkedroundtheclocktorescuerehabilitateandrehomethehundredsofthousandsofanimalsthatcameintoourcare.ThankstoahugewaveofsupportforourLeapsandBoundsappealweraisedthe1.6millionweneededtobuildandequipournewagshipanimalrescuecentreandhospitalinBirminghamallowingustohelpmanythousandsmoreanimalsinthecityandinamorecost-effectiveway.Ourinspectorsareoutonthefrontlinedayafterdaygivingurgentadviceaswellastrackingdowncriminalswhoabuseanimalsandbringingthemtojustice.Thankstoourinspectorswevebeenabletobreakintothesickorganisedcrimeringsaroundactivitieslikedogghtingcockghtingandbadgerbaiting.Meanwhileourscienceteamscontinuallygatherandapplyevidenceandlobbygovernmentscompaniesconsumersfarmersresearchscientistsandpetownerstoensureanimalwelfareneverslipsdowntheagenda.TheRSPCAisheretobethevoiceforanimalsandtostandupontheirbehalftothosewhoabusethem.Withyourcontinuingsupportthatisexactlywhatwearedoing.Thankyou.GavinGrantRSPCACHIEFEXECUTIVE ghtforbadgersCNTINUINGTHEThisyearweralliedagroundswellofpublicscienticandpoliticaloutrageinresponsetotheWestminstergovernmentsplannedcullof70percentofbadgersintwoareasofEngland.www.rspca.org.ukbadgercullSTOPTHECULLCAMPAIGNThecullplannedforpartsofGloucestershireandSomersetwasintendedtoassessthehumanenessandeffectivenessofshootingbadgersdespiteevidencefroma10-yearindependentscienticstudythatshowedacullwouldbeoflittlehelpintheghtagainstbovinetuberculosisbTBandmayevenmakemattersworse.WeswungintoactiononbehalfofEnglandsbadgerswithourStoptheCullcampaignandarallyinBristol.QueenguitaristandRSPCAVicePresidentDrBrianMayCBEgotbehindthecampaignandouronlinepetitiongeneratedmorethan160000signaturesinamatterofweeks.ThesurgeofoppositionwasalsofeltinMPsofcestheytoldustheywereeldingrecordlevelsofmailonthesubject.AttheeleventhhourtheWestminstergovernmentpostponedthecullduetothehigherthanestimatednumberofbadgersandbecausebythenitwasapproachingwinter.InapackedHouseofCommonsdebate147MPssupportedvaccinationimprovedtestingandbiosecurityasthewayforwardwhileonly28votedforacull.ButthecullwasmerelyonholdandinFebruary2013despitescienticpublicandpoliticalopinionagainsttheculltheWestminstergovernmentannouncedthatitsill-fatedplanswillgoaheadinareasofGloucestershireandSomersetwithplansbeingmadeforapossiblefurthercullinDorset.Wewillcontinuetoghtagainstthissenselessslaughter.ourfRonTlineWORKCULLFACTSAlthoughwehavelongcampaignedagainstplansforawidespreadbadgercullforbothscienticandwelfarereasonswecareaboutcattleandbadgersalikeandhavegreatsympathyforthefarmersdealingwiththeeffectsofthisdiseasebutkillingbadgersisNOTTHEANSWER.Wearereadytoworkwiththefarmingcommunitytodelivermoreeffectivealternativesincludingthevaccinationofbothbadgersandcattleandimprovedbiosecurity.SomeoftheissueslThecullcouldseebadgerpopulationsdeclinebymorethan70percentandinsomeareasnonemaysurvive.lCullingcannotbeselectivesomanyperfectlyhealthybadgerswillbeslaughteredascollateraldamage.lAfter10yearsworktheIndependentScienticGroupconcludedin2007thatbadgercullingcanmakenomeaningfulcontributiontocattleTBcontrolinBritain.lSubsequentmonitoringofcullareasindicatedaverymodestdropincattleTBlevelsaveragingjust16percentafternine-and-a-halfyears.4RSPCAANNUALREVIEWP4JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryP5KlausEchlenaturepl.comSePTeMBeR2012 OncullalertJustdaysbeforetheproposedbadgerculllittleknowingitwouldbepostponedatthelastminuteRSPCAWestHatchWildlifeCentresManagerPeterVennwaspreparingfortheworst.Inthecullareaswereconcernedaboutthepotentialofseriouswelfareissuesforinjuredbadgersshotatbylicensedfree-shootersinanattempttocullthem.Peoplewhohavefree-shotbadgersforthegovernmentinthepastsaythatitsalmostimpossibletodohumanely.Wemightalsoseemorebadgersinjuredasaresultofthein-ghtingcausedbydisturbingthepopulationasbadgersareextremelyterritorial.Wewillrehabilitateandreleaseanybadgersthatcometousthoughthereistheriskthatwemaybeeffectivelyputtingthembackinthelineofre.Itsaterriblesituationforourstaffandvolunteerstoface.WewillcontinuetogatherasmuchevidenceaswecanaboutanyadverseeffectsofthiscullandwillcontinuetoadvocatethescienticapproachofvaccinationimprovedcattletestingandbiosecuritytoprotectourbadgersandreducetheTBlevelsincattle.52012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG Wereproactiveinkeepinganimalsfromharmtoo.urexpertofcerswatchatkeypubliceventsinvolvinganimals.Thisyearforexampleweensuredthesafetyandwellbeingofanimalsusedinthelympicsopeningceremony.AndasalwayswewereonhandattheannualApplebyhorsefairwherewebuiltcloserrelationshipswiththehorse-owningtravellercommunitiesandsharedourexpertiseonhorsewelfare.Meanwhileourundercoverofcersworksteadilytounearthandbringtobooktheperpetratorsoforganisedanimalcrimesuchasdogghtingbadgerpersecutionandcockghtingwhichsawanunwelcomeresurgencein2012.Wecontinuedtobringthosewhocommitcrimesagainstanimalsbeforethecourtsthisyearjustaswehavealwaysdonesinceourveryrstrecordedprosecutionin1824.Nearly200yearssincethatrstactionagainsttwopeopleseenbeatinghorseswearestillouttherebringingtheperpetratorsofcrueltytojustice.NTHElookouturinspectorsworkroundtheclocktacklingcrueltyandmakingsureanimalsaresafe.Werespondtoemergenciesandrescueanimalsfromdanger247.6RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukinvestigatingcrueltyourfRonTlineWORKouRinSPeCToRSweReonhAndATTheAPPleByhoRSefAiR. 2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG7IN2012WERECEIVED1163428PHONECALLS164couldpaytokeepanRSPCAinspectorontheroadoraullday.Ourinspectorsandotherofcerscarryoutlie-savingworkoranimalseverydayRacingblackspotsexposedNOHIDINGPLACEFORBADGERCRIMINALSCriminalswhopersecutebadgersbyinterferingwiththeirsettsdiggingandcruellybaitingthemwithdogswerethetargetofanationwideoperationinvolvingourofcersandotheragenciesin2012.Duringoneintensiveweekweworkedwithpoliceandotherstocrackdownonthecrimeandtargetsuspectedoffenders.RSPCAChiefInspectorIanBriggstakesupthestoryBadgercrimeisaconstantblightonourcountrysidedespitebeingbannedin1835.Catchingthosewhopersecuteoneofourmosticonicwildanimalsfortheirownsickentertainmentisatoppriorityforus.Withmanycriminalsnowlmingtheirpremeditatedtwistedactivitiesonmobilephoneswehaveshockingevidencethatshowsclearlytheunspeakablehorrorofbadgerpersecutionoftentotheaccompanimentofthesepeopleslaughterandgoading.Itssatisfyingtobringthemtobookaftersomanyhoursinvestigativework.ThefencesatAintreeareuniquewithaframeworkmanyhorseshavenevertackledbeforesotheyndthemreallychallenging.BechersBrookisinfamousforitshorricdroplandingleadingtoinjuriesandfatalitiesnearlyeveryyear.Sadlyanothertwohorsesdiedin2012.TheBritishHorseracingAuthoritysaysthetwodeathscouldnothavebeenforeseenorpreventedbutthankfullyAintreewantstocontinueworkingwithussoitseemsourvigilancein2012willpayoffin2013.CAThyhydeRSPCAChiefinSPeCToRCOCkFIGHTINGFACTORyUNCOVEREDWhenourundercoverofcersspottedaBritishfatherandsonatabarbariccockghtinnorthernFrancewhereitisstilllegalinsomeareastheysuspectedthetwowereinvolvedinbreedingandtrainingbirdsforghting.RSPCAChiefInspectorMikeButcherworkedonthecase.AsearchwarrantattheirhomebackinEnglandrevealedhundredsofanimalsincluding97matureghtingcockswithinjuriesinfectionsandthousandsofmitescrawlingoverthem.Wealsofoundcockghtingparaphernaliaandaghtingpit.Bothfatherandsonpleadedguiltyinthefaceoftheevidenceagainstthem.Theyweresentencedandbannedfromkeepingbirdsforlife.Cockghtingwasmadeillegalin1835yetherewearein2012investigatingsomethingmostpeopleprobablythinkwasleftbehindcenturiesago.Asaresultoftwohorsedeathsatthe2011GrandNationalourofcerswereonhandattheeventinApril.Whattheyobservedrsthandandthedeathoftwohorsespromptedustoproducea10-pointreportcallingforbigimprovementsincludingradicalchangestotheinfamousanddangerousfenceBechersBrook.ThankfullytheBritishHorseracingAuthorityBHAhasnowagreedtoimplementsevenofour10recommendations.WewillcontinuetoworkwiththeBHAandtheAintreemanagementtoachievefurtherimprovementstothecourseandultimatelyreducetheriskofinjuryanddeathtothehorses.P6JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryx3 urinspectorsattendedshipmentsfromtheportofRamsgatetoinspecttrucksandcheckanimalshealthandwellbeing.WeregularlyfoundclearbreachesoftherulesandchallengedthegovernmentregulatorAnimalHealthVeterinaryLaboratoriesAgencyAHVLAonitsabilitytosafeguardanimals.Ourinterventionsandthetragicdeathsofmorethan40sheepononedayofhorrornallyconvincedtheownersThanetDistrictCounciltotemporarilysuspendthetradefromRamsgate.ButtheCouncilwasforcedtoreopentheportinOctoberdespiteitsownrecognitionthatitlacksthefacilitiestoguaranteegoodanimalwelfare.DayofhorrorOn12September2012wewereonthesceneatRamsgateportwhenmorethan40sheepdiedexposingtheharshrealitiesofthistrade.Alorryloadedwith548sheepoverthreetierswasstoppedandinspectedattheport.Asheepwithabrokenlegwasidentiedonthetoptier.Itwasnecessarytounloadthesheeponthelowertierssothattheinjuredanimalcouldbehumanelydestroyed.Whiletheanimalswerebeingmovedoffthelorryanothersheepwasalsoidentiedasneedingimmediateeuthanasia.Boththeseanimalswerethendestroyed.RSPCAinspectorsandAnimalHealthofcersidentiedafurther41sheepthatappearedlame.Twovetslaterinspectedtheseanimalsandjointlydeclaredthemuntforfurthertransportsotheytoohadtobeshotattheport.Inafurthertragedyadraincoverintheunloadingareawasnotxedandbecamedislodgedsixsheepfellintowaterandfourwererescuedbuttwodrowned.RSPCAChiefExecutiveGavinGrantsaidThistradeneedstostoprightnow.Wetoldtheportauthoritiesfromthestarttheydidnothavethefacilitiestohandleliveexportssafely.TheRSPCAhasbeenwarningthatasignicantwelfareincidentlikethiscouldleadtotragedyfortheanimalsandnowithas.EveryyearmillionsofanimalsaretransportedallovertheEU.SincetheliveexporttradefromRamsgatere-openedmanythousandsofanimalshavebeenshippedoverseas.urinspectorsmonitortheportforbreachesinanimalwelfareandtrytominimisethesufferingoftheseunfortunateanimals.8transportcaseTHELNG-DISTANCERSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.uklivetransportourfRonTlineWORKP89AndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibraryx3 9TheRSPCAhasbeenwarningthatasignicantwelfareincidentlikethiscouldleadtotragedyfortheanimalsandnowithas.GAVinGRAnTRSPCAChiefeXeCuTiVe2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG 10RSPCAANNUALREVIEW60000wouldfundthetrainingandequipmentneededforjustoneofourRSPCAinspectorstobeabletodealwithallsortsofanimalrescuesituations. Whenevertheresananimalemergencyourhighlytrainedofcersswingintoactionequippedandreadytodealwithanysituation.Fromgasexplosionstorealarmsoilspillstooodsweretheretobringanimalstosafetyandtoreunitepetsandfarmanimalswiththeirgratefulowners.Weworkhandinglovewithreandrescueteamstoensureouroperationsareeffectiveandcoordinatedandtoreducethestressfortheanimalsandpeopleinvolved.Thisyearsawusonceagainbattlingtheelementstokeepanimalssafefromharmparticularlyduringtheoodsattheendoftheyear.RSPCAtotherescue194695ANIMALSWERECOLLECTEDANDRESCUEDIN2012FEARLESSFLOODRESCUESneweekinNovemberweeldednearly900callsreportinganimalstrappedinoodsandrescuedatleast100animals.Ourpressofcertakesupthestory.OurinspectorswereoutalloverEnglandandWalesandtherescuedanimalsincludedbudgiessheephorsesandeventwoguidedogs.Ataoodedfarmthefarmercouldnotreachhisyoungcalvestofeedthem.Ourofcerstookthemfoodandherdedthemintoawarmcontainerwheretheydbesafe.MeanwhileRSPCArescueteamswadedthroughchest-highwaterinthestreetsofStAsaphsinWalestorescueacatfromthetopofawardrobeandabudgiebobbingaroundinitscageinaoodedkitchen.Ourofcersrescuedsheepcattleandhorsesfromoodedeldsaswellaspoultrycatsanddogstrappedbythewater.TwodonkeyspicturedrightwererescuedfromaeldinYorkafteroodingleftthemindeepwater.Ourwaterrescueteamhadtowadeouttoget15-year-oldDavyandfour-year-oldNoahwhowerehappytobeledbackinshallowwateruntiltheelddippedandtheywereliterallyswimmingtosafety.TheoperationinvolvedvespecialistofcerswhohadtravelledfromacrossthenorthofEnglandfortherescue.ThedonkeysgratefulownersnominatedtheRSPCAwaterrescueteamforaBBCRadioYorkFloodHeroAward.InMarch2013thedelightedteamwontheHarrogateFloodHeroAwardforbeingthemosthelpfulteamorindividualinthearea.11OneweekinNovemberwefeldednearly900callsreportinganimalstrappedinoods.2012CNTINUINGSTRNGwww.rspca.org.ukrescuesourfRonTlineWORKP10RSPCAP11JasonFinchRSPCAPhotolibrary THEHUNTINGACTTheHuntingAct2004hasbeeninforceforsevenyearsandhasprovedtobeaneffectiveandintegralpieceofthelegislativeframeworkprotectingwildlifeinEnglandandWales.TheActsscopeisclearlItprohibitsharecoursingeventsandmakesitanoffencetohuntawildmammalwithadogunlessthehuntingisexemptlandmakesitanoffenceforalandownertoknowinglypermithislandtobeusedtohuntwildmammalswithdogsillegallyandprohibitspermittinglandownedtobeusedforaharecoursingevent.Ofthe333defendantsprosecutedintheUforoffencesundertheHuntingAct2004bytheendof201170percentwerefoundguiltyahighsuccessrateparticularlycomparedwithotherwildlifecrimelegislation.Huntingwithdogswasconsignedtothehistorybooksin2004becausethemajorityofthepublicfounditabhorent.12RSPCAANNUALREVIEWWhateverittakesweareheretobringtojusticeoffenderswhocommitcrimesagainstanimals.ThisyearwebroughtthefullforceofthelawtobearontheHeythropHuntafterbeinggivenshockingfootagethatclearlyshoweditrepeatedlyusingdogstochasefoxesindirectcontraventionofthelawtheHuntingAct2004.HUNTFEELSFULLforceofthelawourfRonTlineWORKHeythropHuntalandmarkcaseIttookmonthstosiftthroughthewealthofevidenceandbringacompellingcriminalcaseagainsttheHeythropHuntoneofitsformerhuntsmenandaformerhuntmaster.Eventuallyaftersomeprevaricationandgiventheweightofevidenceagainstthehuntanditshuntsmenguiltypleaswereentered.Amidastormofmediainterestthecasesparkedanewdebateabouthuntingwithdogsbutthevastmajorityofthepublicstoodrmincondemningit.TheclearmessagefromthepublicandfromtheRSPCAisthathuntingwithdogsisawildlifecrime.Nooneisabovethelaw.P13IngridVekemansRSPCAPhotolibraryiMAGeSTAkenfRoMVideoeVidenCeofTheheyThRoPhunT. 132012CoNTINUINGSTRoNGIN2012WEINVESTIGATED150833CRUELTCOMPLAINTSANDSECURED4168CONVICTIONSWHATOURSUPPORTERSSAYThemessagefromoursupportersiscleartheywanttoseeusbringingwildlifecriminalstojustice.Herearejustafewofthecommentsoodingoursocialmediasites.Thiswasaboutbringingcriminalactivitytojustice.Onecannotcondoneblatantoutingofthelaw.Astandhadtobetakenwithregardstoillegalhuntingwithdogs.HugethankstoRSPCAforallyourgoodwork.Ifullysupportyourdecisionretheprosecution.MyrstdonationtoRSPCAcomingyourway.eepupthegoodwork.AllIwanttosayisgoRSPCAprosecutethebloodthirstyminorityandletskeepcrueltyhistory.IwasveryimpressedbytheRSPCAspursuitofoffenderswhoaredeterminedtooutthelawandtorturewildlife.Itinspiredmetomakeagenerousdonationwelldoneallofyou.ReadtheRSPCAProsecutionsDepartmentAnnualReport2012atwww.rspca.org.ukprosecutionsannualreport ANIMALHoSPITAL247Ouranimalhospitalsworkatfullpelteverydaytreatingthepetsofpeopleonlowincomesandgivingownersadviceandsupport.Theemphasisisonanimalwelfareratherthanprotwithratesatjustafractionofthosechargedinprivatepractices.BoostforBirminghamThisyearsawthelong-awaitedopeningofournewagshipcombinedhospitalandanimalcentreinBirmingham.Thingshadbecomedesperateatouroldfacilitiesinthecitywhichjustdidntprovideenoughspacetocopewiththepressureof100animalsarrivingeveryday.Thoughourhospitalstaffwerecarryingoutmorethan40000treatmentsthemselveseachyearmanyanimalsstillhadtobetreatedbyprivatevetsandboardedprivatelyatourexpense.Wehadtotakedecisiveaction.OurLeapsandBoundsappealsetouttoraisethecapitalforanewcombinedunitandinjust12monthsmorethan30000generousindividualsupporterstrustsandbusinessescontributed.Nowwecanrescuetreatrehabilitateandrehomethousandsmoreanimalseveryyearallontheonesitegivinganimalsthathaveendureduntoldsufferingthepeaceandsecuritytheyneedtobeabletohealandrecuperate.Alongsidea24-houremergencyveterinaryservicethehospitaloffersmicrochippingneuteringvaccinationultrasoundX-rayandbloodtesting.14RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukvetcareSTANLETURNSAROUNDStanleywasbroughtintothenewcentreatBirminghamasastray.Hecouldhardlystandletalonewalkbecausehewassoemaciated.Thehospitalvetscarriedoutbloodtestswhichruledoutanydiseasesthatcouldhavecausedhimtobesothin.PoorStanleywasliterallyjuststarvingtodeathavictimofdeliberateneglect.AfterStanleywaswormedde-eadandvaccinatedcentrestaffgavehimalltheloveandattentionhesodesperatelyneeded.WithinninedaysStanleyhadputononekilogramandhischeekynaturewasbeginningtoshowthrough.Astimewentonthisfriendlywell-behaveddogmadeafullrecoveryandwesoonfoundhimanewforeverhome.ourfRonTlineWORKP14JoeMurphyAndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibraryP15JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibrarySTAnleyBefoReTReATMenT. 15Nowwecanrescuetreatrehabilitateandrehomethousandsmoreanimalseveryyearallontheonesitegivinganimalsthathaveendureduntoldsufferingthepeaceandsecuritytheyneedtobeabletohealandrecuperate.2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG1840isonaveragehowmuchwespendeachandeverydayonvetsfeesdrugsandmedicinesfortheanimalsinourcare. CATSGETMOBILESomeofourbranchesinthesouth-eastofEnglandworktogethertorunabusymobilecatneuteringclinicforpeopleonbenetsorlowincomes.Thisyeartheclinichadneuteredarecord12000catsbyOctober.ItalsooffersmicrochippingandadviceaswellassupportingRSPCAofcerswhentheydealwithferalcoloniesormulti-cathouseholds.16urbusycentresthroughoutEnglandandWalesofferanimalsthebestpossiblefuturenomatterwhattheirstartinlifemayhavebeen.Animalsweverescuedfromcrueltyorneglecthaveallthetimeandcaretheyneedtorecoverandpreparefortheirnewstartwhilededicatedstaffandvolunteersdoeverythingtheycantondthemtheirperfectforeverhome.BranchingoutMuchofthisworkiscarriedoutthroughourbrancheswhicharerunbyvolunteers.Asself-fundingseparatelyregisteredcharitieseachRSPCAbranchraisesmoneylocallytokeepthesevitalanimalcentresgoing.Butaswellascaringforandrehomingthousandsofrescuedanimalsmanyproactivelytakeanimalwelfaremessagesrightintotheheartoftheirlocalcommunities.Regularcommunityanimalactioneventsbringtogetherlocalorganisationstoprovidewelfareadviceandpracticalhelpsuchasneuteringmicrochippingandwormandeatreatmentsforthepetsofpeoplelivingindeprivedareas.Eacheventisalwayspackedwithpetsandtheirownerskeentolearnmoreabouthowtodothebesttheycanfortheiranimals.RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukrehomeourfRonTlineWORKHMESandhealthP1617JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryx3 Ilovehavingthedogstheymakemelaughandfeelgreat.Thewalkinghasdonewondersformyhealth.AliSonMiTChellRoBBieAndhARVieSnewowneRROBBIETHEBRAVERobbiethePatterdaleterriersrstexperienceoftheRSPCAwasinthearmsofRSPCAInspectorJustinStubbswhocarriedthesubduedone-year-oldpupintoourBlockFenAnimalCentre.Theyoungdoghadbeenattackedbyhiscruelowneranditwasonlyduetothebraveryoftwo13-year-oldgirlswhowitnessedwhathappenedthatRobbiewassavedandhisownerprosecutedandbannedfromkeepingallanimalsforlife.RobbieslegwasX-rayedandfracturesofthetwobonesinthelowerlegthatconnectthekneetotheanklewerediscovered.ThisbravelittledogwasinrealdangeroflosinghislegbuttheRSPCAveterinaryteambattledtosaveit.HethenspenteightlongweekslearningtowalkandrunwithapinnedlegandduringthattimemetHarvieathree-year-oldshih-tzuwhohadalsoverynearlylostaleg.Thepairsoonbecameinseparableandthedecisionwasmadetorehomethemtogether.AsthebraceswereremovedfromRobbiesleganappealforanewownerwentoutontheRSPCAswebsiteandwasseenbyAlisonMitchell.ItwasamatchmadeinheavenandfollowingasuccessfulhomevisitAlisonofciallyadoptedtheboys.17TURNINGLIVESAROUNDThisyearshigh-prolehorseshowEquifesthelpedushighlightjustwhatwedoforhorseswhentwoofourrescuehorseswonprizesinitsRescueHorsePonyoftheYearcompetition.VisitorsandjudgessawtheharrowingphotostakenwhenLittleTedbelowandSundaeaboverstcameintoourcareandwerebowledovertoseethemastheyarenowsofulloflife.Ourspecialistequinecentresgive2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNG60aweekisaroundhowmuchitcoststoprovidefoodshelterandbeddingforjustoneanimalatanRSPCAanimalcentre.OURANIMALCENTRESANDBRANCHESGAVE55459ANIMALSASECONDCHANCEOFANEWHOMEANDLIFEIN2012horseslikethesethepatientspecialistcareandsupporttheyneedtoturntheirlivesaround.Butwithsimplytoomanyhorsesbeingbredandimportedthisyearsawamarkedincreaseinthenumbersneedingtoberescued.WejoinedforceswithotherequinerescueorganisationstotacklethecausesbehindthiscrisisandlaunchedourStableFutureappealtogetmoreofourhorsesintofosterhomesandtotellpotentialadoptersaboutthehealthyrescuehorseswehavereadyfornewhomes. STANDINGUPFoRresearchanimalsOurresearchanimalsscienceteamworkswiththoseinvolvedintheregulationcareanduseofanimalsinexperimentsbothnationallyandinternationallytodevelopandpromotepracticalmeasurestoreplacetheuseofanimalswithhumanealternativesandtoreduceanimalsufferingwhiletheirusecontinues.Ourworktohelpresearchanimalsisbasedonsoundscienceandcriticalevaluationoftheethicalissues.MaintainingstandardsThroughout2012wearguedforstrongerstandardstoregulatelaboratoryanimalcareanduseintheUK.Aftera2010EuropeanDirectiveagreedEurope-widestandardsthatareanimprovementformanycountriesbutarelessstringentthanourownruleswecampaignedintensivelytoensureourlawswouldnotbeeroded.Afteragreatdealofbehind-the-sceneslobbyingandaseriesofmeetingswithseniorcivilservantsthisyearwewelcomedagovernmentannouncementthatUKstandardswouldnotberelaxed.ThegovernmenthadlistenedtousandtothepublicalargenumberofwhomhadsupportedourAstepbackforlabanimalscampaign.Thecontentoftheguidancenotesthatwillaccompanythenewlawandwhichdeterminehowlegislationworksinpracticewillbewrittenduring2013.WewillcontinuetolobbytheUKgovernmentandHomeOfcetoensurethatthenewregulationsareimplementedasrobustlyandeffectivelyaspossible.WORINGINTERNATIONALLProvidingadviceonethicsanimalwelfareandlegislationonanimalexperimentsinternationallyisanimportantroleforourscienticstaffworkingcloselywithourinternationalteam.During2012aswellasrunningworkshopsinTaiwanandSerbiaseepage25wewerealsoinvitedtospeakatamajorsymposiumonanimalexperimentsinChina.RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.uklaboratoryourWORKfoRReSeARChAniMAlSEU-WIDECOSMETICSBANDuring2012weworkedthroughEurogroupforAnimalstoensurethattheEU-widebanonthesaleofcosmeticsnewlytestedonanimalsnomatterwhereintheworldthistookplacewouldcomeintoforceasagreedinMarch2013.Webelievethatitissimplynotjustiabletodevelopnewcosmeticproductsoringredientsatthecostofanimalsuffering.ENDINGSEVERESUFFERINGUnderUlawanimalexperimentsareclassiedasmildmoderateorseveredependingonthelevelofanimalsufferinginvolved.Althoughalllevelsofanimalsufferingconcernusthisyearwelaunchedapledgetoendseveresufferinginexperiments.ASfiRSTSTePSinReAChinGThiSChAllenGinGGoAlduRinG2012welestablishedwhichexperimentscauseseveresufferinglencouragedthescienticcommunityandgovernmenttoacknowledgethatendingseveresufferingisadesirableobjectivelstartedworkingwiththemtondandpromotewaysofreducingsuffering.18P18iStockphoto.comP19PhilipToscanoRSPCAPhotolibrary SCIeNCefORPEDIGREESThroughouttheyearwevecontinuedourimportantworkonthewelfareissuesassociatedwithpedigreedogbreeding.AkeyprojectisaVetCompassPhDresearchprojectwhichiscollectingvetpracticedataontheoccurrenceofinheritedandacquireddisordersinbothdogsandcats.Thiswillhelpusidentifythebreedsatgreatestriskofparticularconditions.BytheendoftheyearVetCompasshelddataonmorethan184000catsand232000dogs.MeanwhileourBorntoSuffercampaigncallsfordogbreedingstandardstobechangedtoprioritisehealthwelfareandtemperamentoverlooks.Bytheendoftheyearouronlinepetitionhadattracted20000signaturesfromsupporters.SCIeNCefORRABBITSUsingscienticevidencecollectedmainlyin2011thisyearwelaunchedourWhatBugsaBunnycampaignwithaninitialemphasisonpromotingtheimportanceoffeedingrabbitsthecorrectdietofmainlyhayandgrass.Ourlevelofunderstandingofrabbitsandtheirneedsaspetsiscontinuingtogrowandthisisthestartofalong-termeducationalcampaigntohelppeopleinvolvedinrabbitcareunderstandhowtomeetthecomplexneedsofthesewonderfulanimals.SCIeNCefORPUPPIESTheauthorsofanindependentscienticreportonpedigreedogbreedingcommissionedbytheRSPCAidentiedtheconceptofapuppysalescontractasakeyactiontoimprovedogwelfare.WehaveworkedwiththeBritishVeterinaryAssociationAnimalWelfareFoundationBVAAWFtodevelopapuppysalescontractandpuppyinformationpacktotakethegambleoutofbuyingapuppyandminimisetheriskofhealthwelfareandbehaviourproblemsdownOurcompanionanimalsscienceteamaimstoimprovethewelfareofourcompanionworkingandsportinganimalsthroughtheuseofsoundscienticevidencebyadvisingandhelpingthoseresponsibleforthem.USINGSCIENCEforcompanionanimalstheline.Thepackincludesvitalinformationfromthebreederorsellerthatdemonstrateshowmuchthoughtandattentionhasbeengiventopuppiescarebeforesaleandhelpsbuyersmakeaninformedchoiceaboutthepuppytheytakeon.Theguidancenotesandpackshowbuyerswhattolookforandwhattoavoidwhenmakingtheirdecision.Thousandsofvisitorshavecheckedoutwww.puppycontract.org.ukwith48percentdownloadingitsowehopepeopleareusingittoinformtheirchoices.192012CoNTINUINGSTRoNGwww.rspca.org.ukcompanionanimalsourWORKfoRCoMPAnionAniMAlS OURFOURWILDLIFECENTRESTOOIN16136ANIMALSIN2012WILDLIFErescueSENIORSCIENTIFICOFFICERADAMGROGANxPAINS...2012wasabumperyearforhedgehogswithmorethan2000admittedtoourfourwildlifecentres.Weradiotrackthemtoseehowtheysurviveespeciallyduringthewinterwhentheyshouldhibernate.In2012weteamedupwiththreeuniversitiestotracksomeofourrehabilitatedhedgehogsaftertheirreleaseintothewildaswellastrackingsomewildhedgehogsthathaventbeenrehabilitated.Tinytransmittersontheirbacksseepictureallowvolunteerstotracktheirmovementsseehowtheysurvivethewinterandhowmuchweighttheylose.Manyhedgehogsarereleasedfromourwildlifecentresduringthewintermonthsandthisresearchwillhelpuslearnmoreabouttheirsurvivalduringthattime.Trackingthewildhedgehogsprovidesacomparisonwiththerehabilitatedhedgehogsandalsoallowsustolearnmoreabouttheirsurvivalduringhibernation.Thiswaywecanimprovethecarewegiveourhedgehogsandwecanbecondentthatourreleaseprogrammesaresuccessful.Thisdatamayalsohelpconservationscientistsinvestigatingthecausesofthedeclineinhedgehogpopulations.20Eachcentrehasanexaminationroomwithspecialistequipmentandtherearecustom-madepaddockspoolspensandaviariestoaccommodatethemanytypesandspeciesofwildanimalsweadmitfrombirdsofpreyswansandsealstohedgehogsandbats.Ofthethousandsofanimalswetookinduring2012about76percentwerebirds23percentmammalsandonepercenteverythingelse.Around40percentoftheanimalswetakeinarerehabilitatedandreleasedbackwheretheycamefrom.Butthatsnottheendofthestory.Ourwildlifecentresdoalltheycantondoutwhathappensandwheretheanimalsgoafterreleaseusingmethodssuchasringingandradioorsatellitetracking.RingedgullswevereleasedhavebeenseenasfarnorthasSpitzbergenandhavereachedthewestcoastofAfricasoweknowtheyarecontinuingtolivewellinthewild.RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukwildlifeourWORKwiThwildlifeOurfourstate-of-the-artwildlifecentresprovideasafehavenforanywildanimalintrouble.Herewetreatandrehabilitatethempreparingthemtorenewtheirlifeinthewildasquicklyaspossible.THRSPCASfOURWIDIfCNTRSADMITMORHDGHOGSTHANANyOTHRMAMMA.THyARADMITTDfORMANyRASONSBUTMOSTARUNDRWIGHTjUvNIS.HelpinghandforhedgehogsP20JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryP21PhilipToscanoJoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryAhedGehoGwiThRAdioTRAnSMiTTeR. TOPTHREEWILDANIMALSPECIESADMITTEDIN2012Hedgehog2051Mallardduck1791Woodpigeon138421SCIeNCefORBADGERSThisyearwecontinuallyhighlightedpotentialproblemsbehindtheWestminstergovernmentsplantoimplementpilotbadgercullsintwoareasofEnglandaplanitputonholdattheeleventhhour.MeanwhiletheWelshAssemblytookthescienceonboardandabandonedplansforacullbeginningabadgervaccinationprogrammetocontrolthespreadofbovinetuberculosisbTBinstead.SCIeNCefORPERFORMINGANIMALSWepublishedourrst-everguidelinesforperforminganimalsthisyeardesignedtosafeguardthewelfareofanimalsusedinentertainmentandtheartsincludingonscreenandstage.OurperforminganimalsteamwerekeptbusygivingwelfareadviceonTVprogrammessuchasBBCsPetSchoolandITVsTopDogModel.SCIeNCefORPRIMATESWerescueprimatesmainlymarmosetsfromtheirmiserablelivesasunsuitablepets.Theirspecialistneedsmakethemverydifculttorehome.ThisyearworkingwithMonkeyWorldApeRescueCentreandusinggenerousdonationsfromoursupporterswedevelopedapermanentsafehavenforex-petprimateswheretheycanliveouttheirdayssafeandwellinspecies-appropriateenclosures.Tenprimateshavealreadysettledinwell.SCIeNCefORWILDLIFELAWWehavebeenheavilyinvolvedinanimportantnewLawCommissionprojectthisyeartoreviewwildlifelawsomeofwhichdatesbackto1831.SCIeNCefOREXOTICPETSThepopularityofexoticpetsseemstobeontheriseandtheirwelfarehasbeenapriorityforourwildlifeteamthisyear.Thesewildanimalshavenotgonethroughthesamedomesticationperiodasmorefamiliarpetssuchascatsanddogsandtheirneedscanbechallengingtomeet.SomearecapturedinthewildandtransportedconsiderabledistancestobesoldintheUK.Eventualownerscanstruggletoaccessreliablecareinformationorspecialistvetsandtheymayloseinterestwiththeresultthatpetsendupneglectedorabandoned.Totacklethissufferingwehavesteppedupourresearchintothetradeinexoticpetsforgedlinkswithotherorganisationsthatareworkingontheissueandenhancedtrainingonexoticsforourstudentinspectors.Ourwildlifescienceteamaimstoimprovethewelfareofwildanimalsandprotecttheminthefaceofallmannerofthreatsfromcullstooilspillsandfrombaitingtoinadequatecareaspets.Allourargumentsandworktopromotekindnessandpreventcrueltytowildlifearebasedonsoundscienticevidence.USINGSCIENCEforwildlife2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNGwww.rspca.org.ukwildlifeourWORKwiThwildlife OurfarmassuranceandfoodlabellingschemeFreedomFoodwentfromstrengthtostrengththisyearwithhundredsmoreproducersapplyingtojoinour3000membership.FREEDoMFOODToqualifyforFreedomFoodapprovalfarmershauliersandabattoirshavetoimplementtheRSPCAsfarmanimalwelfarestandards.FreedomFoodmembersundergoanannualcheckofcompliancewiththestandardsandaresubjecttorisk-basedmonitoringvisitsmanyofwhichareunannouncedfromRSPCAfarmlivestockofcers.FreedomFoodsgrowingmembershipprovesthathigherwelfarestandardsarenotonlyachievableforfarmsofallsizesandtypesbutalsomakegoodbusinesssense.Therearemorethan900millionterrestrialfarmedanimalsintheUKwithabout46millionrearedbyFreedomFoodproducers.Around49percentofegg-layinghensarerearedonFreedomFoodapprovedfarmsinspectedtoRSPCAwelfarestandardsandapproximately30percentofpigs.Attheotherendoftheprocessweveworkedwithretailerstogetmorethan1000labelledFreedomFoodproductsonthesupermarketshelves.WeveencouragedchefsrestaurantsandfoodservicecompaniestobuyfromFreedomFoodapprovedsupplychainsortobringtheirownsuppliersintothefold.Andweveshownshoppershowtheycanbesurewhattheybuyiswelfare-friendly.IN2012FREEDOMFOODlReCeiVedhundRedSofnewapplicationsformembershiplSAwMAnyunannouncedRSPCAmonitoringvisitsonFreedomFoodmemberslSAwMoReThAn16millionlayinghensrearedunderFreedomFoodlSAwneARlythreemillionpigsrearedunderFreedomFoodupby95percentfrom2006.SALMONSUCCESSSTORThiSyeARwewereabletoannounceabigsuccessstoryinScottishsalmonfarmingwithover70percentoftheindustrynowworkingtoRSPCAwelfarestandardsasapprovedmembersoftheFreedomFoodschemewhichputsthemaheadoffarmersinallothersectors.FreedomFoodsAgriculturalManagerBobWallerexplainswhythisissuchagreatachievement.Oursuccesswithsalmonfarmersclearlyshowsthatfarmingtoourwelfarestandardsmakesgoodbusinessandgoodwelfaresense.Forthefarmershealthiershandbetterbiosecuritymeanlowermortality.FortheRSPCAandforshoppersmoreFreedomFoodproducersmeanmoreanimalsarelivingbetterlives.Andforretailersmorechoicemeanstheycansatisfyconsumerdemandforhigher-welfareproductsbystockingmoreFreedomFoodlabelledsmokedandfreshsalmonthaneverbefore.22RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.freedomfood.co.ukourWORKfoRfARMAniMAlSP22AlexanderCaminadaP23AndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibrary 23Ourfarmanimalsscienceteamaimstoimprovethewelfareoffarmanimalsfrombirthtodeath.Thelawaloneisnotalwaysstrongenoughtoensuretheyhaveagoodqualityoflifeandaretransportedandkilledhumanely.Allourpoliciesandworktoimprovethewelfareoffarmanimalsateverystageoftheirlivesisinformedbysoundscienticevidencetechnicaldevelopmentsandpracticalexperience.USINGSCIENCEforfarmanimals2012CoNTINUINGSTRoNGwww.rspca.org.ukfarmanimalsourWORKfoRfARMAniMAlSWehavedevelopedamoresophisticatedandrobustprocesstohelpensurethebreedofmeatchickenacceptedforuseundertheRSPCAwelfarestandardsforchickenshasagoodlevelofwelfare.Thisapproachcouldimprovethewelfareofchickensacrosstheworld.In2012weidentiedanindependentwelfareassessmentcentretoassessbreedsofmeatchickensaccordingtoanRSPCAWelfareAssessmentProtocol.Currentlythebigthreeglobalbroilerbreedingcompaniescontinuetodevelopeverfaster-growingbirdstocompeteinthemarket.Thisrapidgrowthratecancauseseverehealthproblemssuchasheartproblemsandlamenesswhichmayleavebirdsunabletoexerciseproperlyorevenstand.Thismaycausebirdstospendmuchoftheirtimeinclosecontactwithoorlitterandwherethisispoorqualityitcancauseburnstotheirlegsfeetandbreasts.ToassessthewelfareofchickenbreedswedevelopedthenewcentrewiththeFoodAnimalInitiative.Chicksfromdifferentbreedsarerearedthereunderspeciedconditionsandwelfareparameterssuchasleghealthhockburnfootpadburnandmortalityareassessed.Thisprovidesindependentmeaningfulinformationregardingthewelfareofabreed.SCIeNCefORMEATCHICENSDucksneedaccesstobathingwaterwithittheirhealthandwelfareimprovetheyhavecleanereyesnostrilsandplumageandcanperformtheirimportantwater-relatedbehaviours.Yetthereisnolegalrequirementtoprovidethemwithanopenwatersourceandmanyduckfarmersdont.ResearchwecommissionedfromCambridgeUniversityfundedbyTheTubneyCharitableTrusttoestablishthemostcommercially-viablewaytoprovidefarmedduckswithasuitableopenwatersourceconcludedin2011.SCIeNCefORDUCSIn2012weconsultedwiththeduckfarmingindustrytodiscusstheresultsoftheresearchandconsiderhowbesttostrengtheninthisareatheRSPCAwelfarestandardsfordomesticcommonduckswhichFreedomFoodapprovedproducershavetoimplement.Newstandardsconcerningtheprovisionofopenwaterweredevelopedin2012andwillbecomearequirementoftheFreedomFoodschemein2014.AlthoughtheRSPCAstandardsalreadyrequirethatduckshaveaccesstoopenwatersourcesthesenewstandardswillfurtherstrengthenthisrequirementensuringthatducksrearedundertheschemehaveaccesstobathingwaterthatallowsthemtoperformtheirimportantwater-relatedbehavioursfreely.WealsolaunchedourLikeaDucktoWatercampaignwhichencouragedsupermarketstosourcetheirduckmeatfromFreedomFoodapprovedsuppliers.Tescowastherstofthosewhodontcurrentlydosotosignup. TheRSPCAsfundamentalaimistopromotekindnessandpreventcrueltytoanimals.Oureducationteamistaskedtodonothinglessthanchangepeoplesunderstandingattitudesandbehaviourtowardsanimalsinthefaceofevermorecasesofcrueltyneglectandabandonmentcomingtolighteveryyear.INFoRMINGyoungmindsBeATINGIGNORANCEOftenproblemsariseduetosheerlackofknowledgeaboutanimalswelfareneedsorhowtocareforthem.Workingthroughschoolsandtheyouthjusticesystemwearegettingtotherootofthatignorancebyinuencingthemessagesyoungpeoplereceiveaboutanimalwelfarefromanearlyage.In201112wetrainedmorethan4000studentteachersandover500youthjusticeprofessionalstouseourinteractiveresourcestohelpyoungpeoplelearnresponsibilityintheirattitudetoanimals.CHANGINGTHeCURRICULUMIn2012weunitedwith20otheranimalwelfareorganisationsandseizedanopportunitytochangethewayschoolchildrenareeducatedaboutanimalsinEngland.AspartoftheAnimalWelfareEducationAlliancewecalledforanamendmenttoproposedchangesinthesciencecurriculumtoensureallprimaryschoolchildrenwillleaveschoolwithanunderstandingofanimalsvewelfareneedsenvironmentdietbehaviourcompanionshippreventionofpainsufferinginjuryanddisease.ReSOURCeSTHATMAEADIFFERENCEThisyearwelaunchedanewinteractiveeducationalresourceforprimaryschoolchildrenPetRespect.FocusingonthevewelfareneedsofdifferentpetsithelpschildrendevelopITliteracyanddesignskills.PetRespectwasshortlistedfortheprestigiousE-learningAward.MeanwhileourrespectedyouthjusticeresourceBreakingtheChainreachednewaudiencesoutsidetheyouthjusticesystem.BreakingtheChainisaseriesofpaper-basedandonlineactivitiesthattakeyoungpeoplethroughrealcasesofanimalcrueltyhelpingthemempathiseunderstandconsequencesandlearnhowtotakecontrol.In2012Vodafonefundedaprojectinwhichfostercarersandpre-adoptiveparentsweretrainedtoadapttheresourceforuseinafosterhomesetting.Youngpeopleinfostercareoftencomefromdifcultbackgroundswhereanimalabuseisafactor.Ourtraininghelpscarersandfosterparentstobepositiverolemodelsforyoungpeoplebyintroducinganimalwelfareinanaturalwayintotheireverydaylives.24RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukeducationoureduCATionWORKP24AndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibraryP25InglisVetsAndrewForsythRSPCAPhotolibraryAyouThinTeRVenTionoffiCeRdeliVeRSRSPCABReAkinGTheChAinACTiViTieSPoSedByModelS. GLBALreachurinternationalteamworksstrategicallywithglobalbodiessuchastheIEWorldrganisationforAnimalHealthandtheFoodandAgriculturerganisationandwithgovernmentsonthedevelopmentoflegislationandstandards.WesharetheRSPCAsexperiencewithourmanylocalpartnersdeliveringlong-termprogrammestoimprovethelivesofanimalsthroughtraininginanimalwelfareeducationlawenforcementsheltermanagementlabanimalwelfareandfarmanimalwelfareassessment.Andwhenevertheresanemergencythatcanaffectpeopleandtheiranimalswearereadytohelp.WorldwideproblemworldwidesolutionsThisyearweco-organisedandcontributedtoaninnovativeconferencelookingatsustainablehumaneapproachestocontrollingstraydogpopulationsacrosstheworld.Thereare600milliondogsintheworldasignicantproportionofwhicharestrayorfreeroaming.Theyoftensuffermalnourishmentdiseaseandmistreatmentandcancarrydiseasessuchasrabies.Controltechniquesvaryandmaybeinhumaneaswellasineffectiveinthelongerterm.Webroughttogetherpolicymakersecologistseconomistsandanimalwelfarespecialiststodiscusstheproblemandshareinformationaboutnewtechnologiessuchasimmunocontraceptionvaccinedeliverysystemsandpopulationmanagementsoftware.AswellastheconferenceweareworkingactivelywithcitygovernmentsaroundtheworldonpopulationcontrolprogrammesforexampleinmunicipalitiesaroundIstanbulinTurkeythisyear.ClinicinaboxEarlyin2012wedeliveredourClinicinaBoxtoMalawisLilongweSocietyfortheProtectionandCareofAnimalsLSPCAan85000collectionofequipmentandmaterialsdonatedbygenerousUKsupporterstogettheLSPCAsnewveterinaryclinicupandrunning.SINCETHENTHECLINICHASltreatedabout1250animalslneuteredmorethan600catsanddogslwelcomedschoolgroupsinspiringanewgenerationofvets.MAINGADIFFERENCEFORLABANIMALSWorkingthroughregionalandnationallabanimalscienceassociationswehavecontinuedtodelivertrainingtoscientistswhouseanimalsinexperimentsinChinaTaiwanandSerbia.Weuseourworkshopstoencouragescientiststothinkverycarefullyaboutwhethertheyreallyneedtouseanimalsintheirexperimentstousethetechniqueswhichusethefewestanimalspossibleandcausetheleastsufferingandtoprovidehousingenvironmentsandcarewhichbettermeettheanimalsphysicalandpsychologicalneeds.TargetingcountrieslikeChinawhichusesaround1520millionlabanimalseveryyeargivesustheopportunitytomakeanimportantandpositivedifferencetothelivesofahugenumberofanimals.Visitwww.rspca.org.ukinternationalformoreinformation.RSPCAINTERNATIONALWORSWITHLOCALAUTHORITIESAROUNDTHEWORLDTOENSUREONLHUMANEMETHODSAREUSEDTOCONTROLSTRAANIMALS.THEFIRSTX-RAOFAPETANIMALEVERTAENATTHECLINICALSOAFIRSTFORMALAWI.252012CNTINUINGSTRNGwww.rspca.org.ukinternationalourinTeRnATionAlWORK ThesummarynancialinformationsetoutonthispagehasbeenextractedfromthefullconsolidatedannualnancialstatementswhichexcludeRSPCAbranchesandhavebeenpreparedinaccordancewiththeCharitiesAct2011andtheStatementofRecommendedPracticeAccountingandReportingbyCharitiesSORP2005issuedinFebruary2005togetherwithallsubsequentamendments.26RSPCAANNUALREVIEWMNEYmattersOURinCoMe2012OUReXPendiTuReLegacyincome67.7mDonationsandcontributions44.2mOtherincome9.1mCharitableactivities8.6mInvestmentincome2.6mMembershipsubscriptions0.6m2012Allcostsincludeapplicablesupportcosts.IncomefromcharitableactivitiesincludingrehomingboardingandveterinaryincomeprosecutionandothercostsrecoveredsponsorshipandadvertisingincomeotherfeesandchargesreceivedgoodssoldandAnimalActionClubsubscriptions.Animalwelfare75.3mhospitalsandanimalcentres37.8minspectorate32.7mprosecutionanimalwelfarecosts4.8mCostofincomegeneration21.3mSupporttobranches8.2mProsecutionsstaffandlegalcosts6.5mScience2.4mCampaigns2.4mEducation1.9mGovernancecosts1.1mCommunication1.0mPublications0.8mInternational0.5m 272012CNTINUINGSTRNGDownloadacopyoftheTrusteesReportandAccountsatwww.rspca.org.uktrusteesreportTOFINDOUTMORECOUNCILREPORTONTHESUMMARFINANCIALINFORMATIONThissummarynancialinformationisnotthestatutorynancialstatementsbutasummaryrelatingtotheincomeandexpenditurepreparedtogiveanoverviewoftheSocietysnancialaffairs.Thefullnancialstatementsfromwhichthesummaryisderivedhavebeenaudited.Theauditreportwasunqualied.ThefullnancialstatementsTrusteesannualreportandauditorsreportmaybeobtainedfromAdviceTeamRSPCAWilberforceWaySouthwaterHorshamWestSussexRH139RSorwww.rspca.org.uktrusteesreportTheTrusteesReportandAccounts2012whichwasapprovedon1May2013hasnotyetbeenledwiththeCharityCommission.SignedonbehalfofCouncilon1May2013.MichaelTomlinsonCHAIRMANRSPCACOUNCILBarbaraGardnerTREASURERRSPCAIndependentauditorsstatementtotheTrusteesoftheRoyalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnimalsWehaveexaminedthesummarisednancialinformationoftheRoyalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnimalsfortheyearended31December2012setoutontheoppositepage.RESPECTIVERESPONSIBILITIESOFTRUSTEESANDAUDITORSTheTrusteesareresponsibleforpreparingthesummarynancialinformationinaccordancewithRSPCARuleXVIandtherecommendationsofthecharitiesSRP.urresponsibilityistoreporttoyououropinionontheconsistencyofthesummarynancialinformationwithintheAnnualReviewwiththefullannualnancialstatementsandTrusteesReportanditscompliancewithRSPCARuleXVI.WealsoreadtheotherinformationcontainedintheAnnualReviewandconsidertheimplicationsforourreportifwebecomeawareofanyapparentmisstatementsormaterialinconsistencieswiththesummarynancialinformation.urreporthasbeenpreparedpursuanttotherequirementsoftheRSPCARuleXVIandfornootherpurpose.NopersonisentitledtorelyonthisreportunlesssuchapersonisapersonentitledtorelyuponthisreportbyvirtueofandforthepurposeoftheCharitiesAct2011orhasbeenexpresslyauthorisedtodosobyourpriorwrittenconsent.Saveasabovewedonotacceptresponsibilityforthisreporttoanyotherpersonorforanyotherpurposeandweherebyexpresslydisclaimanyandallsuchliability.BdollPCharteredAccountantsandStatutoryAuditorGatwickUnitedKingdom.Date1May2013.BDLLPisalimitedliabilitypartnershipregisteredinEnglandandWaleswithregisterednumberC305127.BASISOFOPINIONWeconductedourworkinaccordancewithBulletin20083TheauditorsstatementonthesummarynancialstatementintheUnitedKingdomissuedbytheAuditingPracticesBoard.urreportontheSocietysfullannualnancialstatementsdescribesthebasisofouropiniononthosenancialstatementsandontheTrusteesReport.OPINIONInouropinionthesummarynancialinformationisconsistentwiththefullnancialstatementsandTrusteesReportoftheRoyalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnimalsfortheyearended31December2012andcomplieswiththeRSPCARuleXVI.INDEPENDENTAUDITORSSTATEMENTONTHESUMMARFINANCIALINFORMATION 28RSPCAANNUALREVIEWwww.rspca.org.ukgetinvolvedsupportusHoWYoUcanhelpYourgenerousdonationsoftimemoneyandsupportmeanwecanplanaheadandworkouthowbesttouseourresourcesforanimalwelfare.SuPPoRTourWORKtakeactionRehomeorfosterananimalfromoneofourcentresorbranchesvisitwww.rspca.org.ukrehomingHelpyourlocalbranchduringRSPCAWeekfordetailsvisitwww.rspca.org.ukrspcaweekNominatesomeonewhohasgonetheextramileforanimalsforanRSPCAHonourvisitwww.rspca.org.ukhonoursMakeyourfundraisingideaarealityandhelpustohelpanimalsvisitwww.rspca.org.ukfundraisingpackanddownloadthepack.TakepartinanRSPCAchallengewhichcouldbeacyclerideaninternationaltrekoraskydivevisitwww.rspca.org.ukchallengesVolunteerforusasanindividualoraspartofagroupvisitwww.rspca.org.ukvolunteergivegenerouslyUseournewonlinedonationpagestoselectthesortofRSPCAworkyouwanttosupportvisitchoices.rspca.org.ukGivedirectfromyourpayrollvisitwww.rspca.org.ukdonateSupportourappeals.Give3nowbytextingHELPto78866textscost3onestandardnetworkratemessage.Supportuswithanongoingdonationbydirectdebit.Thismeanswecanrelyonyoursupportandplanmoreeffectivelyvisitwww.rspca.org.ukdonateCompleteaGiftAiddeclarationforevery1donatedundertheschemewecanreclaimanextra25pfromtheInlandRevenuevisitwww.rspca.org.ukgiftaidspendandsaveUseouronlinegiftshopvisitwww.rspcashop.co.ukBuyFreedomFoodhigher-welfareproductsvisitwww.rspca.org.ukfreedomfoodUseourcharityvirtualgiftswebsiteAnimalternativewhichoffersawiderangeofvirtualandrealgiftsforalloccasionsvisitwww.gifts.rspca.org.ukOpenanRSPCASaveraccountatanyYorkshireBuildingSocietyBranchandhelpsupportourworkvisitwww.ybs.co.ukbranchndertondyourlocalbranchorcall08451200100foraninformationpack.ApplyfortheRSPCAcreditcardvisitwww.rspca.org.ukcreditcardTakeoutRSPCApetinsuranceapercentageofyourpremiumgoestohelpourworkvisitwww.rspca.org.ukpetinsuranceP28JoeMurphyRSPCAPhotolibraryx2P29PhilipToscanoRSPCAPhotolibrary WejustcouldntdoitwithoutyouTheworkwedotorescueanimalsandpreventthemfromsufferingcostsmoneyandlotsofit.Inthesedifculttimesthedemandforourservicesisgreaterthaneveranditsonlythankstothenancialsupportwereceivefromgrant-givingTrustscorporatepartnersandgenerousindividualsthatwecancarryon.SUPPORTFROMTRUSTSIN2012InadditiontotheirgenerousannualcontributiontowardsouranimalwelfareworkthekathrinMartinCharitablTrustkindlysupportedRSPCAEastWinchWildlifeCentrein2012withadonationtowardsacoveringforanoutdoorpoolwhichwillenablethecentretoimprovethecaretheyprovideforsickandinjuredrecoveringswansandducks.InJanuary2012wereceivedasubstantialdonationfromtheGarvyiscrtionarySttlmnttowardsthepurchaseofvitalequipmentatRSPCAManchesterAnimalHospitalhelpingtoimprovetheirabilitytotreatandcareforsickinjuredandabandonedpetsinthenorth-westofEngland.TheelisPilingtonCharitablTrustsupportedourLockwoodCentreforHorsesandDonkeysinOctober2012withadonationtowardsanisolationunitwhichwillhelpthecentretodoublethenumberofhorsesponiesanddonkeystheycanlookafterrehabilitateandrehomeinayear.InNovember2012theTrustsoSupportAdoptionorPtsthecharitablearmofPetsatHomesupportedtheRSPCAbydonatingagenerousgifttowardstheconstructionofBirminghamAnimalCentreandHospitalournewpurpose-builtfacilityintheMidlandshelpingbringaboutsignicantandlong-lastingimprovementstotheprovisionofanimalwelfareinthearea.ThankyouSomeverygenerousindividualssupportedourworkin2012.WewouldparticularlyliketoshowourappreciationtoCorporatepartnersOurcorporatepartnersin2012AXABanoAmricabayThRcyclingfactoryorshirBuildingSocity292012CoNTINUINGSTRoNGgetsocialFollowusonFacebookwww.facebook.comrspcaFollowusonTwitterwww.twitter.comrspca_ofcialWatchourlmsonwww.youtube.comrspcaukhavefunPlaytheRSPCAWeeklyLotteryvisitwww.rspca.org.uklotterycampaignforusTakepartinSimplyAskFreedomFoodscampaigntogetpeopleaskingaboutanimalwelfarewheneatingoutvisitwww.rspca.org.uksimplyaskHelpusmakeourcampaignssuchasendinglongdistanceliveanimaltransportsuccessfulbyjoiningindebatesandtakingactionvisitwww.giveanimalsavoice.org.ukgogreenTakeunwantedgoodstooneofthe200RSPCAcharityshopsvisitwww.rspca.org.ukinyourareatondyournearestshop.Recycleink-jetcartridgesoldmobilephonesandgadgetsfortheRSPCA.Call08000910696orvisitwww.therecyclingfactory.comrspcaleavealegacyLeaveusagiftinyourWillvisitwww.rspca.org.uklegacyjoinourclubBecomeamemberoftheRSPCAvisitwww.rspca.org.ukjoinusGivechildrenaged812AnimalActionClubmembershipasagiftvisitwww.rspca.org.ukthedenMrsBroosMrsClaringbullThGiorgifamilyMissGarnhamMrsughsMrsuntMrsSawMrsBaTollmaninyourareaRSPCAlocalbranchesarerunbyacommitteeofvolunteertrusteeswhoinuencehowwecareforandpreventcrueltytoanimalsintheirarea.Tondoutaboutbecomingabranchtrusteevisitwww.rspca.org.ukbranchtrustee 30RSPCAANNUALREVIEWANDTHERESmore...Weworkaroundtheclockforanimalssoitsnotsurprisingwecantgivementiontoallourprojects.Hereareajustafewstoriestogiveyouaavourofwhatwevebeendoingin2012.RSPCAWeek2012RSPCAWeekwhichranfrom30Aprilto6Mayraisedmorethan395000fromcommunityeventsdonationscorporationsandcollectionsincludingthoseheldatTescostores.ItwasourhighesttotaltodateandwerehopingtoraiseevenmoreforanimalwelfareduringRSPCAWeek2013.StableFutureInMaywelaunchedourStableFutureemergencyappealtondfosterhomesforhundredsofyounghorsesandponiesasthenumberinourcarehaddoubledinjust12months.BytheendofJulywehadfoundfosterersformanyofthe270poniesandhorsesinourcareandwereceiveddonationsoftackrugsandotherequipment.Somegenerouspeopleevenofferedlandonwhichtokeepsomeofthehorses.BorntoSufferMorethan20000peoplesignedanonlinepetitionin2012supportingourBorntoSuffercampaignwhichseeksanendtothebreedingofdogsbasedonlooks.Itsnotjustshowdogsthatmaybesufferingmanypedigreedogsneverappearinshowsbutarebredbybreederswhowanttoproduceshow-winninganimalsandselltheirsurplusdogsaspets.AccordingtoscienticstudiessomeoftheUKsfavouritebreedsofdogshavebeenbredtosuchextremesthattheycannolongerbreatheorwalknormally.Toshowyoursupportsignourpetitionatwww.rspca.org.ukborntosufferPetsatHomeInNovemberwejoinedforceswithretailerPetsatHometolaunchthersteverin-storeRSPCAadoptioncentreintheirStockportstore.PetsatHomeChiefExecutiveNickWoodandRSPCAChiefExecutiveGavinGrantarepicturedhere.Thisisthersttimewehaveopenedanadoptioncentreinaretailenvironmentandwillprovideauniqueopportunityforustondnewhomesforcruellytreatedandneglectedanimals.ThisistherstoffourcentresplannedacrossEnglandandWalesandanimalsarealreadybeingsuccessfullyrehomedfromtheStockportstore.P30BeckyMurrayJoeMurphyx2RSPCAPhotolibraryP31JoeMurphyAndrewForsythx2PeterVennRSPCAPhotolibrary 312012CNTINUINGSTRNGDiverseEthicsAspartofanongoingprojecttoengagewithfaithcommunitiestheRSPCAvisitedtwocentresinBirminghamtolearnmoreabouttheirculturesofrespectforalllivingbeings.WeareworkingwithDiverseEthicswhoseChiefExecutiveDrAtulShahispicturedhereinordertounderstandhowwecanbettersupportadviseandworkwithcommunitiesfromacrossEnglandandWalesandinturnencouragemoremembersfromfaithcommunitiestogetactivelyinvolvedinouranimalwelfarework.WildliferescueAredsquirrelthathadbeenhitbyacarwasrescuedandtakentoRSPCAStapeleyGrangeWildlifeCentreinCheshire.TherareprotectedmammalwasfoundinthemiddleofabusyroadinCumbriawithcarsswervingtoavoidit.Apassingcoupledodgedthetrafctogetthesquirrelandwrappeditinacoat.AnRSPCAinspectortookittothewildlifecentrewhereitwasfoundtohaveafracturedshoulder.Afternearlytwomonthsofbedrestandpainkillersitwasreleasedintowoodlandneartowhereitwasfound.RSPCAonlineTheRSPCAonlineworldhadabusyyearasweinitiatedarangeofnewactivities.WegotbloggingandlaunchedInsightsourcorporatebloginFebruaryandtheAnimalActionParkblogforouryoungersupportersinAugustwww.rspca.org.ukanimalactionHeart-warminganimalrescuessuchasBouncerthebulldogwhocameintoourcareinanappallingconditionandwasgivenanewleaseoflifebyhisamazingfostercarersprovedeverpopularonthewebsiteandacrosssocialmediasitesFacebookTwitterandYouTube.SeeBouncersstoryatwww.rspca.org.ukbouncerSocialmediaactivityfortheRSPCAgrewasTwitterfollowersmorethandoubledto66000andoursupportersonFacebookincreasedto383000.Ouremailmarketingprogrammein2012sent11millionemailsandwassuccessfulindrivingtensofthousandsofactionsfordogslivetransportbadgersducksandmanymore.OneoftheyearshighlightswasourrstlivedigitaleventRSPCALiveencouragingthepublictogetinvolvedacrossallsocialmediaplatforms.AleshassupportTheRSPCAPetRetreatschemewhichprovidesaretreatforpetsbelongingtofamilieswhohavebeenvictimsofdomesticabuseandaregoingintoarefugegotawelcomeboostfromourcelebritysupporterAleshaDixonin2012.Aleshawhowasbroughtupinahouseholdwherehermumwasavictimofabuseputoutaheartfeltpleaformorefostererstohelpwiththescheme.Theappealreceivedagreatresponseandtheschemenowhasenoughfostererstokeepthisimportantservicegoing.HotbatssavedandreleasedTwelvebabybatssufferingfromoverheatingwererescuedinJulyaftertheycrawledoutofahotloft.ThetinypipistrellebatsjustthreeweeksoldwerefoundinanairingcupboardclingingtowallsandinsideacurtainaftertheyhadedtheirroostintheroofofahouseinSomerset.OnehadsadlydiedbuteightweretakentoRSPCAWestHatchWildlifeCentrewheretheywereintensivelyhand-weaned.Overthenextcoupleofdaysfourmorebabybatswerefoundandrescuedfromthesamehouse.Itisthoughtthebatsmayhavebeenforcedtoescapetheloftwhenthetemperaturesuddenlysoared.Theyoungbatsneededtobesyringe-fedamilksubstituteforupto15minutesvetimesaday.Allweresuccessfullyreleasedbacktothewild. EditorialJudithIrwinandGinaGuarnieriPublicationsManagerGinaGuarnieriDesignedbypws-design.comHeadofPublicationsandBrandLouiseStevensRoyalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnimalsWilberforceWaySouthwaterHorshamWestSussexRH139RS03001234999www.rspca.org.ukfacebook.comRSPCAtwitter.comRSPCA_ofcialTheRSPCAhelpsanimalsinEnglandandWales.Registeredcharityno.219099.TheRSPCAonlyexistsbecauseofpublicdonations.RSPCA2013FormoreRSPCAfactsandguresincludingalistofourCouncilmembersseetheTrusteesreportandaccounts2012.CopiescanbeobtainedfromAdviceTeamRSPCAWilberforceWaySouthwaterWestSussexRH139RSorbyvisitingourwebsitewww.rspca.org.uktrusteesreportTheRSPCAprovidesavoiceforfarmcompanionresearchandwildanimalsworkingtirelesslytosafeguardtheirwelfare.EveryyearinEnglandandWaleswerescuerehabilitateandrehomehundredsofthousandsofanimalsinneed.BCAlexanderCaminadaBeckyMurrayEAJanesRSPCAPhotolibraryiStockphoto.comFCStephenThompsonRSPCAPhotolibrary