3 comments to “How a shell game is killing our pets”

  1. Caren Hall | July 14, 2013 | Permalink

    The RSPCA is also ‘double dipping’ with their title. Private charities/shelters do what they do FOR PETS, not for profit. The RSPCA has laws for it only, therefore turning it into a government institution. They sell themselves as contractors for council pounds, therefore they are funded by the government.

    To the public, they’re not a government run body, they’re a charity that’s not funded. Where’s the $139million in their bank account coming from? True charities are ALWAYS run at a loss, so how can the RSPCA afford billion dollar upgrades?

  2. GeoffD | July 14, 2013 | Permalink

    Thanks Shel for this analysis.

    This is why it’s so important for councils, as ratepayers’ representatives, to ask the right questions. Cessnock council recently forced RSPCA to report back the results for animals from its impounding contract with RSPCA Rutherford, regardless of whether they were killed at pound or later in RSPCA’s high kill shelters. The 2012-2013 part year results to date were 31% kill rate and 77% for cats (total 49%) – much higher than what they will admit in the 2013 DLG figures when these finally come out, and much, much higher than the final year 2010-2011 figures that the RSPCA contract replaced.

    This deception of the public is entrenched: the contract between Cessnock council and RSPCA NSW contains a clause specifically directed to this manipulation of their data.

  3. Katrina | July 15, 2013 | Permalink

    A really elegant piece of analysis. Devastating that the figures are even worse than they seemed to be, and they seemed to be awful and devastating the the RSPCA should be willing to stray so far from its mission and treat the lives of animals so cavalierly.