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Thread: RSPCA investigative powers to be reviewed

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    RSPCA investigative powers to be reviewed

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34314004

    Thought this may be of interest.

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    He's my local MP. I wouldn't be surprised if there was an element of support for the hunting lobby in this enquiry as well. ��

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    It's about time this "charity" was investigated, the SSPCA too.

    The SSPCA took my wifes best friend to court for poisoning cats with Anti Freeze, the main witnesses were three sisters she had fallen out with... The head of the SSPCA was outside the court with the TV cameras, ready to give a piece to the camera, when the sheriff found that ALL the witnesses were lying through their teeth, and couldnt confirm each others stories....he told them they were lying, and threw the case out, one started shouting and swearing at him...LOL... and also berated the SSPCA for even thinking of bringing it to court.
    Minutes later, after the news got out, the "SSPCA topman ", and his cohorts were gone....so were the TV cameras...not even reported in the local rag!!!

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    If the RSPCA are to keep investigative powers, (something I'm not really convinced is good) then they need properly regulated. It's an essential safety check to ensure that the investigating body then doesn't decide on whether a prosecution goes ahead. The police (in practice and for anything other than minor matters) had the power of deciding on prosecuting removed decades ago and this is now decided by the CPS.

    Of course the CPS are by no means perfect, but there definitely needs to be this independent check in the system. Maybe then we won't get prosecutions where the evidence just isn't there and we won't get prosecutions for politically motivated reasons.

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    I hope it reins them in. This quasi official role is a joke.

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    Usee to work with an organisation that had dealings with the RSPCA .When we called them to assist with animals they were not interested.When someone wanted to give them a donation you could not beat them off with a s*****y stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro View Post
    If the RSPCA are to keep investigative powers, (something I'm not really convinced is good) then they need properly regulated. It's an essential safety check to ensure that the investigating body then doesn't decide on whether a prosecution goes ahead. The police (in practice and for anything other than minor matters) had the power of deciding on prosecuting removed decades ago and this is now decided by the CPS.

    Of course the CPS are by no means perfect, but there definitely needs to be this independent check in the system. Maybe then we won't get prosecutions where the evidence just isn't there and we won't get prosecutions for politically motivated reasons.
    That would be a sound commonsense starting point IMHO?

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    looks like they bit off more than they could chew, with the hunting prosecution.

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    A disgraceful use of powers and public money.

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    Heard a spokesman on the radio from the RSPCA yesterday. He said that they don't abuse any powers to prosecute and any decision isn't influenced by their policies. Righto.

    He also said that all they're doing is the same as anybody else can do if they take out a private prosecution, or indeed the BBC who prosecute people for not getting a TV licence.

    Well it's not the same as a private prosecution because the RSPCA isn't a private individual. Yes, bodies such as the BBC do prosecute you for not having a licence, but it's hardly the same thing. You've either got a licence or you haven't. Not much leeway there to push political agendas.

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