OTLEY AND DISTRICT MENíS FORUM
We are very fortunate to have a member of our Forum who is adept at choosing a subject at very short notice and presenting a talk on his selection.
At the very last minute
David McDowell stood in for our advertised but unavailable speaker.
At the very last minute David McDowell stood in for our advertised but unavailable speaker.
He gave us an excellent talk about his last employer before retirement, the RSPCA. He
specialised on equine matters but before moving on to this subject he told us some of the
history of the RSPCA.
During the early 1800ís dogs and horses were the prominent hard
working animals in
During the early 1800ís dogs and horses were the prominent hard working animals in
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was formed. From this time to the 1830ís owners of
dogs and horses were educated in ways of looking after these animals. Gradually this lead to
fitter well fed horses that had more enjoyable and longer working lives. There were still
recalcitrant owners and during the 1830ís Legislation was passed against animal cruelty. As
this was the period before Police Forces the RSPCA employed its own uniformed inspectors
to try and enforce the legislation.
Gradually the RSPCA expanded and educated people in the management of mainly working
animals. Although the society has a Head Office it is made up of many individual groups
in all the major towns and cities of
creating many RSPCA Charities.
The animal welfare act of 1911 was not superseded until 2006 when a more up to date and
expanded act was passed. Although the RSPCA has been a tremendous organisation for the
benefit of animals one gets the feeling that the infiltration of left wing trouble makers has
begun to lead it in the wrong direction.
next meeting is on Thursday 7th March at 10-00am