The RSPCA classes ‘wild animals’ as those that are not normally domesticated and this ranges from badgers to nesting birds, pet snakes and zoo elephants. Our concern for wild animals is based on their welfare needs and preventing cruelty rather than their conservation status. This means our focus is on animal welfare rather than the numbers of a particular species, although the two can overlap.
The RSPCA rescued over 54,500 wild animals in 2013, including nearly 40,000 wild birds and 13,500 wild mammals. We run four wildlife rehabilitation centres and in 2013 released and rehabilitated over 6,500 wild animals. In Parliament we have been working on a range of issues recently including: wild animals in circuses; bovine TB and the badger cull; and hunting wild mammals with dogs
However we also provide information and advice on many other issues for example the keeping of animals in zoos and the control and management of wildlife.
There is a range of legislation concerning the protection of wild animals which is complex and in need of updating. The Law Commission has recently conducted a consultation and review of these laws and we look forward to seeing their proposals when they are published.
For further information on these issues please see our briefings.
bTB in Cattle and Badgers
Bovine tuberculosis (Btb) affects a number of animals including cattle and badgers. The disease and efforts to control it have...
Hunting wild mammals with dogs
Hunting with dogs was consigned to the history books when the Hunting Act was passed in 2004 (and became law...