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RSPCA hypocrisy

By smeeagain 4 September 2011 95

I’m a big supporter of the RSPCA, and have great respect for the work they do.  However, I am becoming a little tired of the hypocritical statements constantly issued by Michael Linke.

The recent story about Lucky the Bomb dog, missing in Afganistan, contained the following statement

“The RSPCA has delivered a sharp rebuke to the ACT Government for intentionally putting Lucky into harm’s way.

RSPCA ACT chief executive officer Michael Linke said it was ”totally inappropriate” for a pound to be releasing dogs into an environment where they could be hurt or killed.

”We would hope that the pound and the Government immediately review its policy on this, and bring it into line with the RSPCA policy,” Mr Linke said.

”We won’t home dogs into police combat situations, or military combat situations or bomb detector [roles]. We don’t believe that governments and pounds should be doing that either.”

The RSPCA ACT homepage contains this statement

“A world where all animals have the best chance at finding a home or being returned to the wild where they belong. At RSPCA ACT, we live this dream every day. Every companion animal is given a chance at finding a home. Every native animal is given a chance to be returned to the wild.

Our ability to find homes for companion animals is unparalleled. Nine out of ten dogs go to a home and eight out of ten domestic cats go to a home. We have received international acclaim for our ground breaking work with companion animals.”

Mr Linke regularly touts that they have the best stats in Australia and they never euthanise an animal that doesn’t fail a temperament test.

Have you ever wondered how they maintain these statistics?

A quick look at the Domestic Animals Service website will quickly reveal how the RSPCA keep their euthanasia stats so low.  They transfer the dogs they haven’t been able to rehome to DAS.  These aren’t dogs that have failed a temperament test (in which case RSPCA would euthanise them).  These are dogs that have just been sitting around for too long, costing the RSPCA money in food and care.

A look today shows that 7 out of the 39 dogs on the DAS website were transferred from the RSPCA.  According to the stats provided above 9 out of 10 dogs go to a home.

According to the comment made by Mr Linke above, it is inappropriate to rehome an animal into a situation where it may be injured or rehomed.

DAS only keeps dogs for 7 days Mr Linke, and then they euthanise them.  By transferring them to DAS, you are intentionally placing them at much greater risk of death than rehoming a dog to the armed services.  I fail to see how you are giving them every chance at finding a home when you have willingly sentenced them to a certain death.

I would love to see a true reflection of your annual statistics, that shows how many dogs you actually rehomed, how many you transferred to DAS and of those that were transferred to DAS, how many of them were euthanised.  Until you put those figures into your annual report, your statistics are seriously flawed.

For the record, on 3rd September, Yard 10, yard 36, yard 27, yard 2, yard 6, yard 16 and yard 25 at DAS are all currently occupied by dogs that have been transferred from the RSPCA, since the 23rd of August.  That’s 7 dogs in 12 days.

These numbers are not unusual.  Any given day will show a number of dogs transferred from the RSPCA.

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Watson 10:55 am 08 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

poetix said :

I hope there’s not a trend developing to bash charities on RA. I’m thinking of this thread and the recent Salvation Army one. No large organisation is perfect, but imagine if these two weren’t around.

I think the concern is when the charities stray out of the charity business and become just business. I didn’t read the Salvo’s thread but have no issue with them.

Organisations like the Heart foundation and the RSPCA however need to be scrutinised if they wish to leverage their special position in society to drive agendas or make money.

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Sorry to respond days after the final post, but I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind. I still agree with the OP and the arrogant, holier-than-thou reply from Linke seriously put me off supporting the RSPCA as it makes me doubt their honesty and their integrity (self-importance and self-analysis are directly opposed to eachother).

Not that it concerns anyone eles, but I feel good about my decision to now donate my money to the Rescue Organisations whose volunteers work tirelessly to try and save each and every dog from being euthanised without any chip on their shoulder about what DAS does or does not do. I also take my hat off to the volunteers who work at DAS as dog walkers etc and are slowly trying to change the system from within to improve outcomes for all dogs.

I still don’t know how many of the dogs that RSPCA transferred last week ended up dead on Tuesday. Those that didn’t are most likely in foster care now and will hopefully find a new home eventually.

Holden Caulfield 12:45 pm 06 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

Sheesh, because there is no such thing as an irresponsible dog owner letting its pitbull crush the skull of a 4 year old child or dumping them at the RSPCA to be put down,

Maybe we should ban dogs until the inconsiderate morons are under control.

Fine by me.

You’ll generally find, though, that anyone with a dog (or should that be ex-dog) that crushes the skull of a 4yo will face some consequences; whether they are fair and just is a different matter.

How many of the minority cracker cretins can say the same? Some, possibly. The majority, no.

shadow boxer 12:36 pm 06 Sep 11

poetix said :

I hope there’s not a trend developing to bash charities on RA. I’m thinking of this thread and the recent Salvation Army one. No large organisation is perfect, but imagine if these two weren’t around.

I think the concern is when the charities stray out of the charity business and become just business. I didn’t read the Salvo’s thread but have no issue with them.

Organisations like the Heart foundation and the RSPCA however need to be scrutinised if they wish to leverage their special position in society to drive agendas or make money.

Jim Jones 11:37 am 06 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

Maybe we should ban dogs until the inconsiderate morons are under control.

Lol. Yeah, we should totally ban pets because you had a hissy fit about fireworks.

poetix 11:35 am 06 Sep 11

I hope there’s not a trend developing to bash charities on RA. I’m thinking of this thread and the recent Salvation Army one. No large organisation is perfect, but imagine if these two weren’t around.

Tooks 11:21 am 06 Sep 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Haha, I think uncontrollable bogans who used fireworks whenever they pleased instead of one weekend a year had a lot more to do with the banning of fireworks than anyone else. Putting crackers in letterboxes, rubbish bins and all manner of other inappropriate uses also would have contributed to the ban.

Those fools merely gave the RSPCA and other lobby groups irrefutable evidence that the former system wasn’t working.

Those in favour of fireworks should be firing their anger at their brethren rather than anyone else. But I suspect it’s just easier to blame the other side.

I dare say if crackers were only used in accordance with the guidelines that were in place we’d still have them now.

I’d certainly be willing to tolerate crackers if that were the case.

But if you get enough idiots acting like a bunch of selfish kids then expect the adults to take the toys away.

Seeing the annual mully of bogans using crackers to start spot fires at nearby schools and, on one outing, firing them directly at the houses in my neighbourhood, including my own, very quickly confirmed my stance.

Get the inconsiderate morons to follow the rules and you’ll get my support. Until then I’ll continue to laugh at the whining tales of woe and deprivation made by a few in the pro-cracker crowd.

Spot on. People like Shadow Boxer love to blame everyone for the fireworks ban except for the cretins who actually caused them to be banned (although it’s a fair call to say many dog owners are irresponsible).

The RSPCA our a bit out of touch in some ways, but overall they do a great job.

Katietonia 11:09 am 06 Sep 11

Just reading about their relationship with pace farm eggs “RSPCA APPROVED” cage farm eggs is enough to convince me they are evil.

http://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news/nationalrural/agribusiness-and-general/general/rspca-slammed-for-backing-egg-farms/57433.aspx

http://www.rspcawatchdog.org/articles/inbed.htm

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/10/02/1096527989800.html

I understand they need money but surely this idea should have been deemed ridiculous.

shadow boxer 10:50 am 06 Sep 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Haha, I think uncontrollable bogans who used fireworks whenever they pleased instead of one weekend a year had a lot more to do with the banning of fireworks than anyone else. Putting crackers in letterboxes, rubbish bins and all manner of other inappropriate uses also would have contributed to the ban.

Those fools merely gave the RSPCA and other lobby groups irrefutable evidence that the former system wasn’t working.

Those in favour of fireworks should be firing their anger at their brethren rather than anyone else. But I suspect it’s just easier to blame the other side.

I dare say if crackers were only used in accordance with the guidelines that were in place we’d still have them now.

I’d certainly be willing to tolerate crackers if that were the case.

But if you get enough idiots acting like a bunch of selfish kids then expect the adults to take the toys away.

Seeing the annual mully of bogans using crackers to start spot fires at nearby schools and, on one outing, firing them directly at the houses in my neighbourhood, including my own, very quickly confirmed my stance.

Get the inconsiderate morons to follow the rules and you’ll get my support. Until then I’ll continue to laugh at the whining tales of woe and deprivation made by a few in the pro-cracker crowd.

Sheesh, because there is no such thing as an irresponsible dog owner letting its pitbull crush the skull of a 4 year old child or dumping them at the RSPCA to be put down,

Maybe we should ban dogs until the inconsiderate morons are under control.

DermottBanana 10:16 am 06 Sep 11

Thread looks like a vendetta and internal RSPCA politics.
Smeeagain started out sounding like a concerned party. Now sounds like a bitter ex-employee.

Holden Caulfield 10:15 am 06 Sep 11

Haha, I think uncontrollable bogans who used fireworks whenever they pleased instead of one weekend a year had a lot more to do with the banning of fireworks than anyone else. Putting crackers in letterboxes, rubbish bins and all manner of other inappropriate uses also would have contributed to the ban.

Those fools merely gave the RSPCA and other lobby groups irrefutable evidence that the former system wasn’t working.

Those in favour of fireworks should be firing their anger at their brethren rather than anyone else. But I suspect it’s just easier to blame the other side.

I dare say if crackers were only used in accordance with the guidelines that were in place we’d still have them now.

I’d certainly be willing to tolerate crackers if that were the case.

But if you get enough idiots acting like a bunch of selfish kids then expect the adults to take the toys away.

Seeing the annual mully of bogans using crackers to start spot fires at nearby schools and, on one outing, firing them directly at the houses in my neighbourhood, including my own, very quickly confirmed my stance.

Get the inconsiderate morons to follow the rules and you’ll get my support. Until then I’ll continue to laugh at the whining tales of woe and deprivation made by a few in the pro-cracker crowd.

Jim Jones 10:02 am 06 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

I think the damage the RSPCA has done to itself is deep seated and permanent.

Hell no.

The RSPCA is one of the most respected (and loved) organisations in the country.

I’m actually quite stunned that there are people who would attack the RSPCA over the work they do. The only damage to reputations being done is self-inflicted by people attacking the RSPCA.

And honestly, fireworks? You think that the RSPCA is an evil organisation that’s lost all community respect because you don’t get to watch things go ‘bang’? Talk about lack of perspective.

EvanJames 9:42 am 06 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

Woulkd anyone like a towel to wash that egg off your face.

You had best retain the towel for your own use.

shadow boxer 8:07 am 06 Sep 11

Merle said :

shadow boxer said :

or there’s 60 of us here, if we take care of 23 dogs each we can house 1400 dogs every day.

How many are there in the RSPCA on any given day ?

Slight problem – I’m not sure exactly how many kennels the RSPCA has, but I’m pretty confident they’re not hiding an extra 1350ish kennels out the back somewhere. There are, what, four rows at their shelter?

ooh pick me, so on any one day the RSPCA has one employee per dog,

Woulkd anyone like a towel to wash that egg off your face.

shadow boxer 8:05 am 06 Sep 11

Mr Evil said :

shadow boxer said :

Pity said :

damien haas said :

I thought the banning of fireworks was supposed to end stray dogs escaping houses and roaming the streets.

If this isnt the case – bring our fireworks back!

Get over the fireworks and move on….

Never, I will hold the RSPCA accountable and never donate again until they come back.

Look, I realise that puberty is a very difficult time, and I understand that the big, bad man took your flashie-bangie things away, but really – build a f#ckin’ bridge you lame tool…..

Big thumbs up to the RSPCA from me.

And, which of these two scenarios is worse?:

a. The RSPCA asking for further funding to cover the cost of the services they provide to the ACT Govt.

or

b. A sporting code which makes millions of dollars each year through advertising, corporate sponsorship and media deals, expecting the ACT Govt to pay them a large sum of taxpayers money for the pleasure of hosting a couple of games in Canberra each year.

I dont understand your comparison, the RSPCA is better than Hitler but it adds nothing to your argument.

As for building a bridge, that aint going to happen, I think the damage the RSPCA has done to itself is deep seated and permanent.

the thing about cracker night is you only have to ask someone about what they did or where they were and you will see a quiet reflective grin spread across their face as they remember good times with their neighbours, family and friends. It’s about cracker night rather than the crackers themselves. To most people it is one of their fondest childhood memories and I would like to provide it to my kids.

Unfortunately I can’t because some people and an out of control lobby group were incapable of adhering to the law and restraining their dogs on their property for one weekend a year while for the rest of the year I have to dodge aggresive dogs, dog shit and listen to barking all night.

Selfish bastards.

creative_canberran 8:20 pm 05 Sep 11

The Antichrist said :

Who the hell are you to denigrate their choice in entertainment with some sort of holier-than-thou preaching ? Or does your choice of a shardy while listening to Mozart’s 4th make you a better class of human ?

My kids used to love the 1 day out of 365, where we could have a nice bonfire in the backyard, toast some marshmallows and watch $50 go up in colourful displays over our heads. Nothing more and nothing less, the dog went inside and was just fine with this for a few hours.

Fun Police 1. Kids 0

You know there’s at least 5 public fireworks displays in Canberra annually, all of which are proper, choreographed displays not just loud bangs and a quick flash.

And so glad to hear your dog is fine… about the others in the Suburb?

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