News The team at RSPCA East Winch are looking after injured seal pups following a tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

Almost 100 pups were separated from their mothers in December's storms

Terence Blacker: Hysteria over animal cruelty is not helpful

There has been some grim footage on our screens recently. Piglets have been clubbed and maltreated. Dogs have stared miserably at the camera. More examples of human cruelty are doubtless on their way. The RSPCA has announced that today marks the start of RSPCA Week. There is a growing crisis in animal welfare, the charity said in its appeal for funds. Last year, it received 1.3 million calls, an increase of 13 per cent on 2010. A total of 3,036 people were reported to its prosecutions department. In the courts, 1,341 people were convicted of cruelty, almost a quarter more than 2010.

Huge rise in cruelty convictions pushing RSPCA to 'breaking point'

A huge rise in the number of pet owners convicted of animal cruelty is pushing the RSPCA to “breaking point”, the charity said.

Dog owners face microchip costs

Millions of dog owners will have to pay for their pets to be fitted with a microchip, under plans set to be announced next week.

Pets ban for couple who kept 56 dogs

A couple with five children who kept 56 large dogs in their four-bedroom house have been banned from keeping animals for eight years.

RSPCA to cut more than 130 jobs

The RSPCA warned today that it will have to shed more than 130 jobs in the face of rising costs and increasing numbers of animals being abandoned during the economic downturn.

Pig cruelty investigation farmer Stephen Brown found dead

A farmer who was being investigated over allegations of cruelty to pigs has been found dead at his home.

Roaming badgers are believed to be spreading TB in cattle

Clashes expected as badger cull pilot areas revealed

Animal welfare and wildlife groups say the badger culls are unscientific and inhumane

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Coalition faces court fight over refusal to ban circus animals

Animal welfare groups threaten legal action after the Government's broken promise

Man hands himself in over swinging cat

A man handed himself in to a police station today after CCTV cameras caught a cat being swung by its tail.

Call for warnings of algae dangers after dog dies

The RSPCA has called for better measures to warn pet owners of the dangers posed by algae after the death of a dog which is thought to have swallowed the organisms while swimming in Lake Windermere.

Vote for your RSPCA People’s Choice Supermarket 2011

Show you care about animal welfare by voting for the RSPCA People’s Choice Award, which recognises supermarkets championing animal welfare issues.

Government backs cull of badgers

The Government has announced controversial plans to introduce a major badger cull in England to tackle TB in cattle.

27,000 sign wild animal circus ban petition

Almost 27,000 have signed The Independent’s online petition calling for the Government to ban wild animals in circuses, pushing it within a few thousand of its target.

Animal welfare groups urge PM to ban wild animals in circuses

Ten animal welfare organisations have written to the Prime Minister urging him to introduce a ban on wild animals in UK circuses.

RSPCA walk warning after dogs die

Dog owners have been urged to be vigilant after a number of pets mysteriously died after using a popular walking spot.

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