|RSPCA official charity logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The RSPCA has never been Rouster's favourite "Animal Welfare" charity. Unlike many other very reputable non-profit animal welfare charities, the organization's stance has been far too political for our tastes. Their unwavering position against wild animals in circuses - despite numerous inspectors finding nothing wrong with travelling circuses, their own commissioned investigation coming out in favour of animals in circuses and in opposition to the overwhelming evidence contradicting their own self proclaimed "scientific" opinion - obviously pits them directly against our own philosophy. However, they are generally considered to be the lesser of our threats. Unlike, PETA, ADI, HSUS, CAPS and so on, the RSPCA can still just about be seen as an Animal Welfare group, rather than Animal Rights. We believe that, on the whole, they don't muddy the water and a lot of their principles make good sense. They advocate good animal care as opposed to the AR stance of eventual abolition of the human/non-human animal bond. They don't want the world to turn vegan, pet ownership to cease and they are not voicing any opposition to animals in entertainment generally - just the bizarre anti-circus stance.
However, their history is far from unmarked. A little over a decade ago they had to withdraw a statement that put their philosophical stance firmly in the animal rights camp. This was done to save their charity status. Recently, under new leadership, they have been making statements that, once again, closely resemble their not-too-distant cousins in PETA et al. See our article "Terrorism Begins at Home". They've also been courting too much celebrity influence with very little substance, which is another animal rights hallmark. Making Queen Guitarist, Brian May, whose own academic qualifications have nothing to do with animals, vice president was a very cynical move indeed.
And yet the recent "revelation" in the Daily Mail, shows us something else that brings them even closer to the animal rights brigade. Look at our anti-PETA tagline advert and compare notes:
Astley's Legacy was formed to counter the misinformation and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. As well as fighting the corner for circus animals and their trainers, we are here to promote and celebrate the cultural heritage of circus in general, and especially in the country of its birth - Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/223570581049199