Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Britain's deranged animal welfare charity again
Like PETA in America, it has no compunction about killing animals it is supposed to be caring for. It has got into the hands of Leftist animal rights types, whose real motivation is hatred for people
The RSPCA ordered the killing of 11 healthy horses after they were rescued from appalling conditions, despite the fact some could have been rehomed, a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal.
Astonishingly, Britain's largest animal charity had the horses shot – but went on to claim thousands of pounds for stabling expenses as well as veterinary bills for animals which were already dead, leaked documents show.
The scandal is the latest in a series of controversies to engulf the charity, which critics say has lost sight of its core mission to protect animals.
In total, 12 out of 14 horses were killed after being 'signed over' to the ownership of the RSPCA when they were rescued from a farm in Lancashire in March 2013, raising fears that it is now the charity's policy to kill large numbers of such horses.
Our investigation revealed that:
Four were put down shortly after being rescued from the farm, despite veterinary assessments diagnosing them with no life-threatening conditions.
Most were killed after they were assessed by a vet as being 'bright, alert and responsive'.
Of 14 horses signed over to the RSPCA's care, only two were rehomed – the rest dispatched by a slaughterman's bullet.
A mare was shot on arrival after breaking its leg while being transported to a 'rescue yard' by the RSPCA.
The charity then claimed £200,000 in prosecution costs, which included more than £10,000 in spurious stabling charges, but later withdrew the claim, blaming an administrative error.
In several cases, the charity claimed more than 100 days' costs for stabling some of the horses – although they were already dead.
An independent vet who has seen the evidence in our disturbing dossier confirmed none of the horses' conditions justified euthanasia.
Even the man who shot the horses for the RSPCA told the MoS: 'Some of those horses could have been rehomed, but I was told I wasn't allowed to. I could have rehomed four of them.'
Last night the RSPCA insisted the horses had 'no realistic prospect of being rehomed' at the time, yet the MoS saw ample evidence that horse-lovers were desperate to give the animals a loving home.
Last week in an online chat forum for the Arab Horse Society, one member told how, after repeated enquiries to the RSPCA, she was told no information could be given about the horses because of the Data Protection Act.
And a woman describing herself as a previous owner of one of the horses wrote that she intended to write to the RSPCA although she feared 'my poor mare is long gone'.
Another user wrote: 'Is there a suggestion that the RSPCA have destroyed horses who could have recovered with good care and decent food? Something truly stinks in this whole case.'
In all, 31 horses and seven dogs were removed from the farm of project manager Rachelle Peel, near Clitheroe.
No caring person would question the RSPCA's intentions in rescuing the animals or prosecuting their owner. Six dead horses and skeletons were found around the fields at Brookhouse Green Farm and horses and dogs were found in filthy conditions.
After a lengthy trial, Peel, 56, was convicted of four offences of animal neglect. The court heard the animals' welfare had suffered after her husband was diagnosed with dementia and she was fined £2,200 with £8,000 costs at Blackburn Magistrates' Court earlier this month.
But it is what happened in the days following the raid on the farm – and particularly the fate of the 14 horses which Peel 'signed over' ownership of to the RSPCA – which will raise serious concern among animal lovers.
Only two horses were rehomed. The rest were dispatched by the slaughterman's bullet after, according to the RSPCA, 'assessing the welfare and temperament of the horses and the likelihood of them being able to be rehomed, given that over 800 equines in the RSPCA's care at that time were also needing new homes'.
The first to die, a mare named Taz, broke her leg while being driven to the livery stables in Whenby, North Yorkshire, run by Adrian Cooper Wilson, 54. She was shot by Mr Wilson after her injury was discovered shortly before midnight on the day of the raid.
Mr Wilson, who describes himself on his website as an 'animal communicator, healer and reiki master' – but fails to mention he is also a licensed slaughterman – then shot ten more of the horses within a month. The last to die, a bay Arab gelding called Pip, was despatched on June 26.
Yet when the case came to trial this year, the RSPCA initially tried to claim more than £200,000 in costs from Peel. They submitted hundreds of documents in support of their claim, suggesting either spectacular incompetence or something worse.
The example of one horse, Cresh, a 16-year-old grey Arab stallion, shows a pattern repeated over and over.
All the horses were taken to stables approved by the RSPCA. On arrival at the Equine Support Centre in Whenby run by Mr Wilson, Cresh was examined by a vet with seven other horses, four days after arriving.
On an official form, the vet described the horse's condition as: 'BAR [bright, alert, responsive], quiet. Unshod, slight splaying, overgrowth on all 4 feet. Rainscald [a skin disease caused by bacteria] over dorsum [upper side].' The diagnosis was not ideal, but treatable.
It added: 'Feet need trimming, passport note to say mechanically lame after hoof injury in 2005.'
Cresh was given wormer and other treatment, with a charge of £65.70. But the next day he was shot by Cooper Wilson, who told the court he was 'ordered' to do so by the RSPCA.
But while Cresh's stabling lasted just five days, the RSPCA Animal Welfare Database claimed he had been stabled for 106 days, at a charge of £13.20 a day, totalling £1,399.20.
The RSPCA documents also contained another claim for worming treatment for Cresh, costing £16.44, supposedly dispensed on August 13 – almost five months after Cresh had been killed. The total in the documents we have seen for false stabling charges alone is well over £10,000.
The RSPCA said there was a 'difference of opinion' with Mr Wilson about the suitability for rehoming of the horses he didn't want to shoot.
When we showed our dossier to Norfolk vet Colin Vogel, who has frequently testified in defence cases against the RSPCA, he said: 'The contemporaneous notes do not suggest any of the horses had a veterinary problem that required euthanasia. Two horses were difficult to handle, but that is a completely different matter.
'Horses had overgrown feet that were not causing lameness, but that would not justify euthanasia.'
During the court case, another vet, Peter Green, appearing as an expert witness on behalf of the RSPCA, expressed surprise at the case of Midge, the second horse to die, who according to the RSPCA vet was 'very hard to handle'.
Mr Green told the court: 'I am surprised Midge was killed in the way she was.' The RSPCA was accused in court of trying to keep the death of the horses secret – even during the trial.
An internal spreadsheet was repeatedly exhibited, but a column showing that the horses had been put to sleep (PTS) was not shown until midway through the trial after much questioning about the fate of the horses.
In her notebook, RSPCA inspector Kat Hamblin, 36, who had led the original raid to rescue the animals, refers to a telephone call on March 28 with the centre where horses Heron, Pip and Anna were sent: 'Doing ok. Their vet has also examined. Unsure of rehoming prospects for HS9 [Anna] as grumpy temperament.' Five days later, Heron and Anna were shot. Miss Hamblin also told Peel's solicitor in May 2013, when 11 of the 12 signed over animals were dead, that the animals were 'improving in our care'.
Challenged in court, she said she was referring to animals owned by the family which had not been signed over to the RSPCA.
The RSPCA said the 'erroneous' stabling fees were due to an 'administrative error'. It added: 'When the error was highlighted… [the RSPCA] decided not to make a claim for any boarding fees... The care of animals rescued by the RSPCA is of utmost importance to us.'
And the invoices from Howells Veterinary Services in Easingwold were 'allocated to the incorrect horses due to an administrative error' said the charity, on the firm's behalf. An RSPCA spokesman added yesterday: 'The accusation that the RSPCA tried to keep the fate of the horses secret is strongly refuted.
'The inspector was cross-examined on her conversation on March 28 with the Peels and explained under oath that her comments related to the animals still owned by the Peels. The issue referred to about the spreadsheets was also fully dealt with at the trial.'
The spokesman added: 'In his judgment, District Judge Clarke commented, 'This was an expansive investigation and the amounts of records and documentary evidence was huge. Record keeping was not perfect and some documents were not retained as they should have been. I am not satisfied that there was any bad faith in this investigation, merely shortcomings and human error.' '
Last night, Tory MP Sir Edward Garnier called for an inquiry into the revelations, adding: 'The RSPCA needs to provide all the documents relating to these shootings and they need to provide a full, frank and urgent explanation.'
Mrs Peel's daughter Evie, 20, who was not implicated in the neglect, said: 'When I found out during the trial that so many of the rescued horses had been shot by the RSPCA and looked through the documents I was horrified.'
Do aliens think humans are SEXIST? Experts debate whether pictures sent into space on Pioneer 10 spacecraft make women look 'submissive'
With recreational space travel an ever closer possibility, you might expect a discussion at the British Science Festival to involve the prospects of colonising the Moon or Mars.
But for one group of scientists there were more pressing matters – whether images we have already ‘sent’ to aliens reflect gender equality.
In a bizarre discussion, a group of scientists said that already-existing pictures that have been put in space to educate aliens about how we look should be updated.
A 1972 plaque on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft displayed a picture of a nude man and woman, hoping to educate our extraterrestrial friends about what humans look like.
But experts have now claimed the image is outdated and shows ‘a man raising his hand in a very manly fashion’ while the woman appears ‘meek and submissive’.
Dr Jill Stuart, an expert in the ‘politics of outer space’ at the London School of Economics, also called for more ‘diversity’ in messages aimed at aliens.
She pointed out the figures in the 1972 image were both white and said she was ‘uncomfortable’ sending out Western-centric pictures.
She added: ‘We really need to rethink that with any messages we are sending out now. Attitudes have changed so much in just 40 years.
‘I would be uncomfortable with sending out any images or messages that include Western-dominated material.’
The idea to send an updated message to aliens was proposed by UK SETI Research Network – a group of academics across various universities and research centres who are actively on the hunt for extraterrestrial life.
It was their idea as part of a competition founded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. His Breakthrough Initiative is a 100million dollar project to listen for alien communications, with a one million dollar prize up for grabs for the best idea for a message.
Not all SETI members, however, are keen about sending messages. Some fear they might attract the ‘wrong kind of alien’.
Anders Sandberg of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford – part of the SETI group – told The Guardian: ‘The thinking was that the silence in the skies might be because alien civilisations are hiding from us, and that it might be stupid to attract attention.’
Dr Sandberg admitted that ‘we don’t know if any aliens out there have eyes’, so any images could in fact be useless.
The 43-year-old Swedish-born space expert added that the nearest star that could hold life is ten light years away – meaning it could take up to 200 years to hear back from any other life forms.
Men are the REAL oppressed sex today
By Amanda Platell
One minute Charlotte Proudman was an unknown 27-year-old barrister finishing a PhD on female genital mutilation and the law. The next she was at the centre of a global media storm, hailed a martyr by the sisterhood and a ‘Feminazi’ by her many detractors.
Ms Proudman believes she has given a voice to women in the battle of the sexes and will not be silenced. Well, she certainly does not speak for me — nor for any women I know, young or old.
Her supposed male oppressor has been labelled a sexist dinosaur but, in truth, it is Ms Proudman who is stuck in the ancient past.
She is fighting old feminist battles that women of my age fought — and won — decades ago.
If she’s truly concerned about gender inequality in today’s world then she should take a long, hard look at the facts, which suggest that it is men, not women, who are struggling in almost every area of life.
There are now more young female graduates in law and medicine than male. More women than ever are starting up their own businesses.
Girls did better than boys in their most recent GCSE exams, and a higher percentage of females are now going to university.
Full-time working women earn more than men until their mid-30s, when they take time off to have children. (Their choice, incidentally, not a misogynist conspiracy.)
By contrast, the most under-performing group of people in our society today are boys and young men.
They are more likely to be illiterate, to attempt suicide, to take drugs and to be excluded from mainstream education.
But then I suspect Proudman and her fellow militant harpies aren’t interested in equality for men and women, but in female supremacy.
I’m only surprised she hasn’t changed her name to Charlotte Proudperson.
FL Pro-Life Activist: If Gay Pride Flag Can Fly Over City Hall, So Can Pro-Life Flag
For the second year in a row, a Florida activist is asking his mayor to fly a pro-life flag at City Hall.
Scott Mahurin is president of Florida Preborn Rescue, a pro-life group in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman has flown the gay pride flag at City Hall on two different days over the last two years to honor St. Pete Pride, a month-long gay festival in the city. In the name of “true diversity” Mahurin is petitioning to fly a pro-life flag on the same grounds.
Mayor Kriseman has turned down Mahurin's request both years.
The mayor's office did not respond to a request for comment from CNS News. Mahurin offered the following statement:
"For two consecutive years, St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has raised the gay pride flag over City Hall. Both times, he has spoken eloquently about St Petersburg’s commitment to diversity and tolerance. In 2014, for example, he said, “We are a city of diversity, of inclusion and a city of tolerance. Everyone is welcome.”
On September 5, 2014, I wrote to the mayor and asked him to fly the pro-life flag as a commitment to diversity. I asked him to raise it during the 40 Days for Life campaign which was to begin September 24. I received no response from the mayor or his office. I also enclosed a petition, circulated online with 150 signatures from across the country, made 20 phone calls, and six email requests, but none of them were returned or dignified with a single, solitary comment.
In June of this year, I went before the St. Petersburg City Council and asked them for a response. I received none. In July of this year, I went before the St Petersburg City Council again, with several other citizens who spoke about the pro-life flag and the need for the mayor to at least respond to our request.
The mayor did make an appearance at this meeting briefly. He told us that he had responded (or someone from his office) when I can assure you, he has not. In fact, his staff has taken to social media to ridicule our cause. So, we are beginning again with the petition. True diversity involves a willingness to allow for differing opinions.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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