|The Self Help Group for Farmers, Pet Owners and Others
experiencing Difficulties with the RSPCA
has put this page together because
you need to be prepared before the RSPCA come knocking on your door.
Many people have
"It will never happen to me because........." and then it
|and they lost
their good name and animals forever!!
An uniformed RSPCA
inspector arrives. They may knock at the door or you will see
them looking into sheds, stables and buildings. They say that
they have had a report about your animals and would like to check
they any rights to be on your property? ................................
they have any special legal powers? .........................................
they demand entry to your dwelling to look at your animals?
they demand that you answer questions? ................................
should you do??
Be polite, but very firm and refuse them entry. Tell
them to leave. If they refuse you are entitled to use reasonable
force to eject them, as you would any other OFcommon trespasser.
If a policeman is present, ask him to leave unless he has a
warrant, or is going to arrest you. Do not volunteer any information.
Keep your mouth shut, Refuse to answer any questions.
Do not even give your name. They may caution you and tell you
that you are not under arrest, using the standard police wording.
They may do their best to ignore you and talk over you, trying
to goad you into giving answers to their allegations. The uniform,
the caution, and the general demeanour are meant to intimidate
you. You may feel that you are being helpful to let them in
and have a look round and you may feel that you have nothing
to hide but do not let yourself be lulled into a false sense
of security. Many innocent animal keepers have lost their animals
in this way. If you allow them in you are opening yourself up
to problems which could lead to you losing your animals even
if you are a good and conscientious keeper.
RSPCA DO NOT HAVE ANY POWERS OF ENTRY, INSPECTION OR SEIZURE
ARE NO MORE THAN UNIFORMED CHARITY WORKERS.
Get names, numbers, and rank of any person present, write
them down. Cancel going shopping next day, the RSPCA has a habit
of returning when you are not there. People have returned to
find all their animals gone and receipts nailed to a post or
door. If possible move your animals to neighbours and friends
you can trust.
to do when they have left. Don't sit down and
think that is the end of it. Your battle has only just started..
Get photographs of all your stock, land and premises. Get
your vet out to look at all of your animals and get him to
write a report. Act immediately on any recommendations he has.
The written report is essential.
Get specialist legal advice.
Below are two phone numbers. We know of solicitors,
barristers, and specialist vets and land experts who are accepted
by the courts as expert witnesses. For any help :
99 89 411
Hopefully none of the above has happened to you, and we hope
it never will, but please be prepared just in case. Do not treat the RSPCA lightly. They are an immensely wealthy and incredibly powerful
organisation who openly admit to breaching people’s civil and
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