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By V8 Berlina with a three tier spoiler - 24 February 2008 47

There was more than a hint of desperation at the RSPCA’s marque at this years Royal Canberra Show.

When I was walking into the show on Saturday with the family, they had several people approaching people passing by the marque asking if they wanted to buy something. One lady approached me and asked if I wanted “to buy a key chain or shirt and support the RSPCA?” Knowing I would soon be carrying show bags and a whole heap of stuff, I politely said “no thanks, maybe on the way out“. RSPCA does good work so I really did intend to return, I just wanted to keep my hands free for a while longer. Instead of accepting that, she walked after me and in a slightly raised voice (probably because of my increasing distance from her), prompted “or perhaps something for the kids, it goes to a good cause“. I replied “give it a rest, the hard sell only infuriates potential supporters“.
On our way out, we passed the RSPCA marque again and I briefly considered stopping by. However, as I walked, a different woman was out the front with a brown box calling out to passers by, “free RSPCA keyrings”.
Not only are the RSPCA (ACT) using pressure tactics to attract customers, they’re now giving away stuff that were assumedly purchased using our donations, donations made to help the animals… not fund $2 keyrings that aren’t selling. That and the frequent TV adds of late cry desperation. Very disappointing, I use to donate often, now I’ll donate elsewhere.

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Alex8 6:06 pm 23 Jul 10

Dear Oscillate Wildly … the question is, how many of the something like 45% of cats they put down are REALLY feral. Many cats will behave badly in unfamiliar surroundings and it is all too easy to say they are feral. Likewise dogs; what happens to the dogs that RSPCAs ‘relocate’ every year (to non-RSPCA facilities, according to their own statistics. Then there’s the wildlife put down and the general, and terminal lethargy about animals used in farming … do the maths (or better still, read the stats). Gotta say that since you know nothing about me you don;t know how much I know about dogs and cats and animal shelters, too.

Oscillate Wildly 7:59 pm 09 Jul 10

Alexandra have you considered actually going down to the Weston shelter and helping out for a day so you can see what the RSPCA staff have to witness and put up with everyday? You’re blaming them for putting down cats and dogs with ‘behavioural difficulties’ without even understanding what that means. As for the feral cats – have you ever actually seen a feral cat? There is nothing that can be done with them, it’s unfortunate but the only humane option is to put them to sleep.

Alexandra814 5:25 pm 09 Jul 10

Perhaps all the contributors here should read the RSPCA National statistics and the ACT statistics:

RSPCA ACT STATISTICS 2008-2009

Dogs
Received: 1,628
Euthanased: 136 (91 for ‘behavioural problems’, 45 for ‘medical reasons’)
Transferred: 191 (means to non-RSPCA facilities such as pounds where they may have been euthanased)
(Are the dogs who are reportedly dumped at the front of the shelter and moved straight out to other facilities counted here?)

Cats
Received: 2,654
Euthanased: 1,175 (541 for ‘medical reasons’, 204 for ‘behavioural problems’, 430 for being ‘feral’)

Livestock
Received: 83
Euthanased: 9
‘Other’: 2

Wildlife
Received: 3,205
Euthanased: 1,580

‘Other’ animals
Received: 570
Euthanased: 167
‘Other’: 16

Cruelty Complaints:
Investigated: 912
Prosecutions: 6
Convictions: 1

National statistics

Euthanased 22,085 – 31.8% of total dogs

Euthanased 39,495 – 59.7% of total cats

Euthanased 10,729 – 51.0% of other animals

Complaints 50,765

Prosecutions 259

Convictions 202

And also ask the ACT Branch about its contributions to the kangaroo massacres in the ACT, and how it kills Eastern Grey joeys – all of them brought to the shelter, reportedly by an injection into the heart. 50% of the wildlife and a massive percentage of the cats who end up at the ACT shelter are ‘euthanased’. 11-12% of the dogs are ‘relocated’ – possibly to pounds where they do the euthanasing to keep it off the RSPCA’s statistics.

fabforty 8:28 pm 21 Mar 09

Sorry for the double post – don’t know what happened there.

But…..viva republic anyway !!!! 😛

fabforty 7:41 pm 21 Mar 09

I fully support the RSPCA – no matter what lengths they have to go to in order to raise money.

On another point though, what’s the point of having “Royal” in the title of any charity if they see bugger all from the royal family ? The RSPCA should be getting something from Buckingham Palace for their efforts.

Until the Royal family start sharing their obscene wealth with the very organisations that they use for promotion, I have NO respect for them.

Viva republic.

fabforty 7:41 pm 21 Mar 09

I fully support the RSPCA – no matter what lengths they have to go to in order to raise money.

On another point though, what’s the point of having “Royal” in the title of any charity if they see bugger all from the royal family ? The RSPCA should be getting something from Buckingham Palace for their efforts.

Until the Royal family start sharing their obscene wealth with the very organisations that they use for promotion, I have NO respect for them.

Viva republic.

People are capable of self help to a much greater degree than animals.

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