Abuse of animals is on the increase, says Raystede

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The animal welfare charity RSPCA rescues thousands of animals a year from abusive situations – many of these animals have been subjected to horrific injuries from the use of weapons such as metal bars, knives, guns and crossbows.

For example, RSPCA figures reveal that air rifle injuries on animals had leapt up by almost 40 per cent to almost 800 attacks in 2012. The horrific attacks include several cats shot in the face and others who did not survive after being shot.

While RSPCA inspectors are trained to cope with dangerous situations, records from the RSPCA also showed these weapons and other threats of violence can sometimes be turned on the charity’s staff.

In 2012 alone, inspectors were assaulted or threatened 246 times. TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham said: “I take my hat off to RSPCA Inspectors, I wouldn’t want to go into the situations they do and deal with people who have inflicted such cruelty on defenceless animals – that takes real courage.

“Sadly dealing with the most stomach-churning suffering is every day work to these men and women.

“These Everyday Heroes can only help thanks to donations from the public so please give what you can.”

New information released today highlights the shocking fact that animal charity workers can be subjected to physical and verbal abuse while trying to rescue animals from cruelty, neglect and suffering.

This is hardly surprising, considering the kind of abuse the animals we are trying to protect have to endure. RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood was assaulted last year. She said, “The call comes in and your only thought is that there is an animal needing my help and you don’t even think about what could happen to you. That is why the charity is launching an appeal today called “Everyday Heroes”. which aims to highlight the unimaginable dangers facing many animals and help support the brave charity workers who try to protect them.”

For details visit www.rspca.org.uk/animalhero. To help the RSPCA carry out this work like this text HERO to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).