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Why is the RSPCA destroying so many animals?

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 15/01/2013   Category: Pet Health

It has recently come to light that one of Britain’s largest animal welfare charities, the RPSCA has been destroying almost half of the animals they have taken in within the past year. This statistic becomes really shocking when in figures it is 53,000 animals that have been destroyed with a gut wrenching 3,400 killed for non medical reasons. These non medical reasons have now been investigated and lack of space and kennels is the biggest issue. This seems to go against all ethics of the charity after them saving the animals from neglect or dangerous conditions.

The RSPCA receives over 120 million pounds a year in donations, stating that they are looking after and rehoming animals. People might not give donations as willingly knowing that so many helpless healthy animals are being killed, resulting in less money being available to the charity meaning this figure could be set to rise again this year. Surely people will not contribute as freely as they do knowing that such huge quantities of animals are being destroyed so regularly.

Is the problem a lack of staff or a lack of funding or kennels? What do you think should be done about this? We’d love to hear your opinions.