I've never donated to the RSPCA. It's not because I'm tight fisted, but many years ago I attended a conference where representatives of many charities were present, including the RSPCA. Owing to various comments by the RSPCA reps during that weekend, I vowed I'd never give a penny to their cause. They're doing very well without my contribution it would seem because they receive £115 million a year in donations.
Therefore it's no surprise to me to find that the police are now the charity's enforcement wing. They've been accumulating more and more power for years and nobody has said a word. 'It's for the animals you see'.
Christopher Booker has one of their latest publicity stunts here and he's absolutely correct when he asks: 'When did Parliament empower RSPCA officials (all ordinary members of the public) to order our police around?' Of course the RSPCA haven't any legal powers to behave in this manner but why are the police allowing themselves to be used in this manner by a once reputable charity?
To avoid confusion the RSPCA has nothing to do with the SSPCA which is a completely separate organisation.