Introduction to the RSPCA

1009593The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was founded in 1824 by a London vicar, Arthur Broome at Old slaughters Coffee house in London.  William Wilberforce, who had been instrumental  in the abolition of slavery, was also in attendance.

In its inaugural year, the society brought 63 offenders, mainly from Smithfield Market, before the courts on animal cruelty charges. At this time cruelty to animals was widespread and even accepted: bull-baiting and cockfighting were common and it was not unusual for cab horses to be driven to exhaustion and flogged to death on the street.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals did much to put animal welfare firmly on the political agenda, and in 1840 Queen Victoria, a keen supporter from her childhood, granted it permission to use the "Royal" title.

Today, the RSPCA is the world's largest animal welfare charity with branches and inspectors throughout England and Wales, as well as working with many affliated organisations around the globe.  The aim of the society is still to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals.  It's our vision to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom.


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