R$PCA need their wings clipped

Dedicated RSPCA volunteers running op-shops and collecting donations is overshadowed by management holding to some covert agenda distanced from prevention of animal cruelty

A private organisation operation from a constitution, the RSPCA have been granted total power to administer government legislation under the Animal Cruelty Act with their own private police force of inspectors appointed by management.

Inquires with evidence over decades have uncovered RSPCA inspectorate and management showing serious transparency issues that include bullying by some very zealous enforcers.

It’s now time this power drive charity management revert to it’s charter of preventing animal cruelty  and the government returned to the criminal investigation and prosecution by their very experienced  authorities equipped to conduct and enforce our laws. 

This can be done from the desk of the Primary Industries Minister who commands total authority to remove the RSPCA from law enforcement – clip their wings.

A great article below flows from Miranda Devine of the Daily Telegraph.

The RSPCA cares more about political activism than animal welfare

The day after Mike Baird executed his backflip on the greyhound racing ban, the RSPCA declared war.

Miranda Devine writes...

Miranda Devine writes

“Make your voice heard now. Let’s tell Mike Baird to bring back the ban,” RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman thundered on Facebook.

“Together we must send a message to [the NSW Premier] that not everyone believes he made a mistake when he promised to shut down this cruel industry.”

How can the RSPCA act as a government funded regulator on animal welfare while actively campaigning against government policy? The conflict of interest is especially acute when you consider that the greyhound racing ban would have signed the death warrant of at least 10,000 dogs.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was once our favourite charity, dedicated to animal welfare, with the unique privilege of law enforcement and prosecutorial powers.

But it left behind its respectable roots long ago and is quietly morphing into an ideologically-driven animal rights organisation, working hand in glove with more openly political groups such as the Greens, Animals Australia and the Animal Justice Party, whose express aim is to ban horse racing, zoos, farming, fishing and the eating of meat, in the pursuit of animal “equality” with humans.

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Premier Mike Baird watch the RSPCA’s Steve Coleman at a press conference to announce details of the greyhound racing industry transition plan in July. (Pic: Adam Taylor)

When it came to the greyhounds ban, the RSPCA’s role was crucial, giving credibility to exaggerated claims of live baiting and “wastage” of slow greyhounds, despite the hypocrisy of the organisation itself euthanising almost 7,000 dogs each year.

The RSPCA egged on the Premier and gave him cover for what was obviously authoritarian overreach, applying collective punishment to the entire greyhound industry for the transgressions of a few.

Coleman even provided his Yagoona headquarters and a couple of greyhounds as props for Baird and Nationals Leader Troy Grant to announce the crackdown in July, and pushed for the ban to extend nationally.

“I can only hope this (decision) reverberates around the country because the only way to stop live baiting is to end greyhound racing,” Coleman said.

That the government could get it so wrong is explained in part by the degeneration of the NSW Nationals Party, which, with a few honourable exceptions, now is the antithesis of its natural constituency.

But mainly the decision was driven, as was the Gillard Government’s live export ban in 2011, by the toxic rise of radical animal liberation ideology which has infected the RSPCA.

There are calls for the RSPCA to return to its fundamental roots of animal welfare. (Pic: Marc McCormack)

Already in Victoria, an independent review last month recommended the RSPCA stop its “public activist campaigning” and return to its roots as an animal welfare organisation.

The review, led by Victoria Police’s former chief commissioner Neil Comrie, found there was a “perceived conflict of interest for the RSPCA, which on one hand is charged with the responsibility for enforcing State laws but on the other hand is engaged in activism against those same or related laws.

“This perception has caused reputational damage to the

RSPCA and questioning of its capacity to operate as an independent body charged with enforcing Victoria’s prevention of cruelty to animals laws.”

In WA, a parliamentary inquiry prompted by RSPCA activism against live animal exports this year recommended greater departmental oversight of its animal welfare prosecutions.

In the UK, the backlash was even more dramatic, with the RSPCA CEO forced to resign after a public outcry over the charity’s zealotry, including convicting people for killing garden pests or for failing to take a sick pet to the vet; seizing a family cat and putting it down because its hair was too long; conducting an emotional crusade against fox hunters; and board members likening the treatment of farm animals to the suffering of Jews in the Holocaust.

When the new chief executive Jeremy Cooper took over in May he apologised for the charity becoming “too political”, with its fixation on animal “rights” rather than animal welfare.

There has been no such admission in Australia, where the RSPCA is a $100 million industry, with a privileged role as a private charity with law enforcement powers conferred by state parliaments.

The radicalisation of the RSPCA in Australia can be seen in several cases cited in the submission of the Australian Deer Association to the WA inquiry.

The RSPCA’s radicalisation was apparent in its role in the Baird government’s aborted greyhound racing ban. (Pic: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

* A $1.45 million award in damages to the owners of stud cattle killed by an RSPCA inspector in Victoria during the drought in 2003.

* The RSPCA’s failed prosecution in 2012 of jumps racing steward Andrew Duff for animal cruelty at Warrnambool after he removed a horse injured in the first lap of a race “to prevent the risk of further accidents when the remaining horses raced around the track for the second lap”. Three leading equine veterinarians “blasted the RSPCA’s prosecution brief as curious, obsessive, lacking serious first-hand experience of handling injured or distressed horses, and a philosophical or political intrusion.”

* The RSPCA’s campaign with Animals Australia to push the Gillard government to ban the live cattle export trade to Indonesia in 2011

* The RSPCA co-sponsoring with Animals Australia a full-page advertisement supporting Green candidates in The Age during the 2014 Victorian elections.

And finally, its role in the Baird government’s aborted greyhounds racing ban.

The RSPCA has lost its way.

It cannot be allowed to abuse its powers to become an ideological militia, acting in concert with animal liberationists to shut down legitimate industries.

Source story: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/the-rspca-cares-more-about-political-activism-than-animal-welfare/news-story/d2a6ddc43f2e8d370efc6d15b85dff41

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