Our mission

The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of all animals.

RSPCA 2017 - 2021 strategy

Our key aims for 2017 and beyond are part of a new long-term strategic plan, to modernise and optimise our approach to delivering animal welfare.

Read the full RSPCA 2017 - 2021 Strategy

Working for the welfare of pet animals

We work to improve the welfare of pets by:

  • ensuring that every pet is cared for properly and has a good home
  • ending cruelty to pet animals
  • raising standards for pet animals worldwide
  • stopping pet overpopulation.

These are just four of our goals to help pet animals.

Campaigning for farm animals

We aim to improve the lives and reduce the suffering of farm animals by:

  • aiming to have all UK farmed animals kept to RSPCA higher welfare standards
  • improving farm animal welfare legislation and ensuring it is enforced
  • encouraging consumers to replace meat, eggs and dairy products with those from higher welfare production systems
  • ensuring animal products are properly labelled so consumers can make higher welfare choices
  • stopping the live export of farm animals for slaughter from the UK.

These are just five of our goals. Read more about our work to help farm animals.

Improving the welfare of wild animals

We aim to improve the welfare of wild animals by:

  • stopping the use of wild animals in circuses
  • making it socially unacceptable to hunt and kill any wild animals in the name of sport
  • ensuring any use of performing animals in the UK follows appropriate guidelines
  • stopping the keeping of exotic animals as pets in unsuitable conditions
  • stopping the ivory trade.

These are just five of our goals. Find out more about our work to help wild animals.

Working for animals used in research and testing

We aim to reduce the use and suffering of animals in experiments by:

  • ensuring animal use is challenged - ethically and scientifically
  • working to replace animal experiments, reduce animal numbers and suffering, and improve welfare
  • raising standards of regulation, animal welfare and ethical review in the UK and internationally
  • working to end 'severe' suffering in animal experiments
  • promoting open and honest debate about animal use.

These are just five of our goals to help lab animals.

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