MEDIA RELEASE : ROYAL COMMISSION NEEDED FOR RSPCA
RE: The RSPCA – It is time for a forensic examination of their activities, and the provision of legislative remedies. This could be Royal Commission, as befits a Royal Society, or perhaps a Senate enquiry (the RSPCA beats Scientology hands down as a loose and destructive cannon causing social mayhem on a vast scale, for pelf.). In whatever form it is desperately needed.
TO : all members of parliament, state and national. All media (TV, radio, newspapers)
FROM: Glynne Sutcliffe
DATE: 30th November 2009
CONTACT: Glynne Sutcliffe, 08 8270 3548
The problem – RSPCA prosecutions becoming an open scandal
1. The RSPCA’s conduct in numerous prosecutions in NSW and other Australian states is best described as improper, corrupt, exploitative, arrogant and brutal
2. The RSPCA criminalises good and responsible citizens whose chief virtue for the RSPCA is that they are soft targets. Their chief characteristic is that their love for animals makes them vulnerable to cash-maximising, donation-provoking court cases that serve the primary purpose of feeding the RSPCA empire. “Prosecuting for profit” is now a primary sub-heading for critics of the RSPCA.
3. Blatant asset-stripping of these most often older, and predominantly female citizens is achieved through charging them with such crimes as ‘neglect’, proof of which is manufactured for the occasion. Observing the advice to “follow the money” is the best way to understand correctly what is going on.
4. More recently, and even more dangerously, political leaders inconvenient to the RSPCA have also had to endure groundless and career-destroying prosecution to clear the way for RSPCA political protégés.
5. Use of so-called anonymous “tip-offs” is the preferred method of disguising RSPCA targeting methods, and explaining their initiation of proceedings. (Stasiland parallels ?)
6. In addition to the general claim of ‘neglect’, the RSPCA relies on use of so-called 'evidence' of smells, fleas and faeces, the chief reason here being that these things cannot be produced in court. Such assertions are part of their complete lack of scruples regarding the utility of lying under oath, in court.
7. The RSPCA is now developing ways of criminalizing natural phenomena – assertions of obesity are now being used to prosecute owners, even as the RSPCA continues to insist on maximising de-sexing – a primary cause of animal weight gain!
8. The RSPCA is now also developing parallel social theory justifications for their jack-boot interventions in the everyday life of ordinary people – for instance, the amazing new crime of “animal hoarding”; alternately, here, they are ransacking the genuine social theory literature to find ways to get both feet in the door via any avenue whatsoever – hence, for instance, their references to the likelihood of a connection between domestic violence and cruelty to animals. This may be the case, but it has no genuine relevance to guiding an animal protection organization. Families with domestic violence problems certainly do not need the RSPCA to add to their distress.
9. RSPCA prosecutions policies in no way protect animals – please see the absence of stats that deal with cases of real cruelty, which are addressed only with publicly jumping up an down and making a raucous noise about ‘worst cases’, ‘most horrific instances’ etc. that have no follow-up – in clear contrast to the so-called ‘neglect’ cases referred to above that are run against citizens who have small accumulations of capital assets that can be stolen through abuse of the legal system.
10. All in all, a diabolic pattern of victimisation emerges as a multi-coloured nightmare.
Key Reference : As an awareness of RSPCA spin and profoundly corrupt strategies affects more and more people, much material is now accumulating. The latest article, published on 15th Nov. 2009 (with more than 120 comments attached in less than 5 days)(IE as reprinted above) may be found at
Case Studies – sampling only
1. Ten German Shepherd dogs killed with captive bolt gun – after the RSPCA was foolishly asked by naive relatives to rehome them after their owner died. No consultation with any of German Shepherd Rescue societies. Ballistic response by British doglovers on Facebook (see especially the comments by Jayne Shenstone)
2. Ruth Downey was subjected to an RSPCA pseudo-military assault on her dairy cows at her property in Pillaga, NSW. See 60pp eBook by investigative journalist, Mal Davies for full story. Asset-stripping a clear motive. Ruth was then 72 (now 74) years old. Demand for $300,000 made, combining fine and costs - another outrageous instance of court complicity in the tangle into which ordinary, law-abiding, citizens are thrown. Family links found between RSPCA personnel and the lawyers who ran the case.
3. Gangotri, a much loved and carefully tended ‘sacred’ cow at Hindu Hare Krishna temple in Britain euthanased after access was gained by trickery. Public clamour forces RSPCA to provide replacement cow to temple, with profuse apologies !!! (but only after legal proceeding instituted).
4. Geraldine Robertson slandered and harassed, and her valuable population of 108 Standard Poodles “seized” and “re-homed” with Poodle Club members – the secretary of which happens to be in a relationship with the RSPCA president in Queensland. Likely source of vulnerability – Geraldine is Chinese, in addition to her basic vulnerability as an older woman. And her dogs were worth a great deal of money. See PetMafia web site.
5. George Karolyi, late seventies, ex University of Adelaide lecturer, with lifelong commitment to vegetarianism, and President of Society for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, prosecuted and fined for keeping his beloved but paraplegic dog alive. Their motive? The RSPCA consistently attacks any and all other supposedly competing animal welfare organizations – especially small, localised operations that can be knocked out relatively easily. George has put up a website, “Victims of the RSPCA”.
6. Paul Shotton, local councillor in Stoke in UK, prosecuted for the death of his Labrador. Paul, unusually, had the resources to mount a full-scale legal defence, which discovered the RSPCA to have brazenly lied, most especially about the dog’s asserted weight loss. He won his appeal – not least because he could afford a lawyer able to ferret out the details and present them in a format recognised by the court. The normal tissue of lies was thus nicely documented in this instance. RSPCA motives? It seems possible that the RSPCA has linked up with the BNP in Britain, and the BNP apparently had its sights on winning his spot on the Stoke Council.
7. Joe and Margaret Higham, Brits migrated to Australia, late sixties and early seventies respectively, gave meaning to their lives by caring for stray and lost dogs. They had accumulated some 150 dogs. TV coverage gave the absolute lie to the claim that they were emaciated and in bad health. One, out of the 150, depicted in a newspaper photo seems to have been a pretty sad case. All the others were happy bouncing canines. Joe and Margaret cared enough about their dogs to purchase a 2000 acre property to give them room to live happy healthy lives. A minor mange problem derived from bush animals was receiving attention. Media coverage was absolutely scandalous. Worth seeing if compensation could be extracted from e.g. all TV channels but especially Channel 7. Resulted in break-up of the marriage, and a heart attack for Joe. Motive – all private individuals to be prevented from owning or caring for more than one or two animals – irrespective of means or capacity.
8. Paul Benn, another Adelaide case – over 100 cats, with Paul around sixty years of age, and sole carer for his intellectually disabled son who was kept busy caring for the cats. Paul is crippled with arthritis, linked to a criminal bashing he received a couple of years before the prosecution. He had problems of coping because of this. The RSPCA’s asserted love of animals might be thought to have been better expressed by helping him set up the cats in a more viable fashion, consistent with his deteriorating heath status, rather than worsening life for him in every conceivable way.
9. Glynne Sutcliffe, High School teacher, University academic, and author of highly successful early reading program for the under-fives (see http://www.earlyreadingplayschool.com.au), herself now over 60, prosecuted because her 16 years and 2 months old red kelpie died of old age, with RSPCA claiming he was between five and ten years of age (he was obviously in good nick) and suffering from ‘necrotising myositis’ (!!!!). Motive – looks as though her prime location 30 acre property in the southern hills on the edge of suburban Adelaide might have been coveted by individuals with more social clout and a possible secret deal with the Council to rezone as residential. If true, this would turn a then c. $300,000 property into a $20 million bonanza for a developer. For story as it happened (written and collated prior to the fuller development of a more focussed account of the prosecutions arm of the RSPCA’s operation) see her web-site, THE RSPCA UNMASKED : PART TWO (NB. A parallel preliminary web-site, THE RSPCA UNMASKED : PART ONE may be consulted for her initial research on this organization that ran her down like a juggernaut.)
References, Web links, etc: Glynne Sutcliffe’s RSPCA UNMASKED 1 & 2, George Karolyi’s site “Victims of the RSPCA”, Trevor Croll and Geraldine Robertson’s site “PetMafia”, Mal Davies’ e-book on Ruth Downey’s case, etc.. and http://theconservativeblog.co.uk/p=715 A download of the RSPCA page, now no longer available, on the public response to the killing of the ten German Shepherds, can be provided on request. RSPCA Injustices Forum is another source of articulated public fury and distress. Shg press releases are a mine of information, as is the Animadversion web site.
Please remember that although the RSPCA is organised locality by locality and region by region, data from one area is totally relevant to understanding the situation in another area, because they confer once a year and swap notes on best tactics, which then migrate across the RSPCA and animal welfare world. Thus, South Australia’s 2008 ‘reforms’ to Animal Welfare legislation closely mirror legislation passed in the UK in 2006, with the best commentary on these reforms so far being made by Nigel Weller, a Sussex defence lawyer.