Does charity spend wisely?
LET me say from the outset that I have no axe to grind over the Hunting Bill. I can take it or leave it as far as hunting is concerned....mainly leave it.
But I do find it hard to believe that the RSPCA found it reasonable to waste £326,980 on prosecuting one hunt. The animal charity's one aim is to make sure we look after all our pets – and indeed all animals with care and affection – a laudable aim indeed.
But when one of its former employees said the animal charity had to put down 53,000 animals last year because it did not have enough space to house them I can only wonder in disbelief if it has got its priorities right.
It is not the RSPCA's fault this so-called nation of animal lovers abandons and neglects so many pets. But when it wastes so much cash on one prosecution described by the judge as "staggering", I suggest it takes a firm look at its priorities.
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Dewy-eyed sentimental Brits hand over millions of pounds to the charity each year – far more than we do to organisations set up to caring for children – in the belief that it saves animals and not slaughters them in huge numbers – even those which are perfectly healthy.
It therefore begs the question: is the RSPCA spending our money wisely. And are we really a nation of animal lovers!
COLIN RICHEY, Lazenby Road Tiverton