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RSPCA 'is scaring away' cash donors

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 16, 2013

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Britain's oldest animal charity could evaporate within a decade, a confidential assessment of its future has warned.

The RSPCA has recently been rocked by a Charity Commission investigation following complaints about its "threatening" stance to farmers involved in the badger cull.

However, now a leaked document penned by deputy chairman Paul Draycott warns it is scaring away commercial partners and driving traditional supporters to write it out of their wills.

He says the charity's "more vocal" campaigning on issues like fox hunting and the badger cull have raised concerns.

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"Some of us have become concerned at the lack of a coherent strategy to manage this change in increased campaigning visibility."

The memo, published in The Times, also says the pro-hunting movement is outmanoeuvring them and organisations like The Countryside Alliance are "far more effective at causing serious damage to our reputation that we are theirs."

The RSPCA's lawyers said that Mr Draycott had explained he used hyperbole in the note as a springboard for discussion in a confidential setting among colleagues.

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  • Get_A_Life  |  September 17 2013, 5:52PM

    More desperate attacks by the Countryside Alliance on a great organisation that has threatened to end their blood sports. I'm increasing my support for the RSPCA and sending more donations!

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  • mmjames  |  September 16 2013, 2:55PM

    Why would the RSPCA actually WANT the title Royal?

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  • Clued-Up  |  September 16 2013, 10:41AM

    Re: "The memo ... says the pro-hunting movement is outmanoeuvring them and organisations like The Countryside Alliance are "far more effective at causing serious damage to our reputation that we are theirs." I wonder about biased perceptions here of someone perhaps far too close to the historic past of the RSPCA than he should be. At one stage, charities were run largely by small groups of wealthy, socially well-connected people. The pro-hunting movement has certainly unleashed a vicious attack on the RSPCA (it's good at bullying) since the RSPCA successfully prosecuted individuals and hunts for breaking the law and causing animal suffering. The tiny clique of hunting people is wealthy enough to fund a lot of PR. They've been able to raise occasional doubts in the public mind about individual actions taken by the RSPCA. However the public still see the RSPCA as being a mainly good organisation, the best protection UK animals have against human cruelty and neglect. By contrast, the public see the pro-hunting movement as a collection of cruel, nasty, rather weird human beings with peculiar hobbies. In the public view, fox hunters are the wealthy equivalents of the dog-fighting fraternity. If the pro-hunting movement had been outmanoeuvring the RSPCA, wouldn't those public perceptions have changed? The pro-hunting movement has been the driving force behind the badger cull (not ordinary farmers) yet some 92% public oppose the cull. Most of us will be cheering on the RSPCA and hoping to see the Countryside Alliance limit its activities to organising dances and parties for its members.

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