I’ve never given the RSPCA any money as far as I can remember. I followed the controversy over their prosecution (successful prosecution) of the Heythrop Hunt with only a little bit of interest. I certainly didn’t think ‘What a shocking thing for the RSPCA to do’.
But when Simon Hart, ex chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, now MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, called for absolute clarity over the RSPCA’s role in this affair I did start to pay it more attention. And for once, Simon Hart is right; it is shocking. It is shocking how much a charity needs to pay lawyers to get this sort of result. It would be much better if lawyers weren’t paid as much and then poor charities could make their money work even better. If lawyers were paid half as much then maybe the RSPCA could take twice as many successful prosecutions.
Anyway, thank you Simon for pointing this out to me. Thanks to you I became interested in this subject and so I have, for the first time ever, donated some money, £10 actually (Reference No: WB196036 and Gift Aid on top), to the RSPCA in the hope that they spend it on upholding the law.
Almost one in five of Conservative MPs have a legal background.