RSPCA wants Government to let it have powers to enter private property without police

silverharp

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Nope! while im sure they do good work the idea of giving charities statutory powers traditionally reserved for Police has to be looked with extreme suspicion. The risk is the Police no doubt would like this to happen as they wouldnt have to attend , tough thats a budgeting issue

RSPCA negotiating with Government to have power to enter private property without police | The Independent


The new powers are currently being discussed with the National Police Chiefs Council, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh government.

A source at the charity told the Telegraph that if the negotiations are not a success they will consider applying to individual local councils for statutory powers instead.

But they were keen to avoid the scenario where they had a “patchwork quilt” of powers in some areas and not in others, the source added.

The source said the idea was coming at a time when police budgets were stretched and “the last thing police want to do is turn up to help with an animal welfare case”.

RSPCA seeks power to enter private property - Countryside Alliance

At the RSPCA AGM at the end of last month Chairman Daphne Harris announced a new strategy with a headline target to “get statutory powers for our inspectors to help them rescue animals”. However you dress this up it can mean only one thing. The RSPCA wants statutory powers of entry on to private property and intends to use its huge £140 million annual budget in pursuit of those powers. Not happy with being moral arbiter, investigator and prosecutor of criminal offences the RSPCA now wants the power to enter your land, access your garden and break down your front door if it believes an offence is being committed.

This, let us not forget, is an organisation so dysfunctional that it took two years to find its last Chief Executive and got rid of him after 12 months, an organisation which sheds senior executives with alarming regularity and which the Archbishop of Canterbury refused to become a patron of. Even the Charity Commission has stepped in to demand changes to RSPCA governance including the enforcement of a code of practice to improve the “the conduct, tone and tenor” at RSPCA Council meetings.

Its record of investigations and prosecution is no better. From killing family pets, to prosecuting the old and vulnerable, to politically motivated attacks on hunts and farmers controversy has surrounded the RSPCA’s self-appointed role as a prosecutor. Fundamental questions about the separation between the Society’s conflicting roles also remain unanswered.

To even suggest that the state should entrust an organisation this flawed with far reaching and fundamental powers over its citizens shows how deluded the RSPCA is, but do not expect any dawn of reality. Instead the RSPCA’s council will undoubtedly pursue its political aim with zeal, and with money donated to improve the welfare of animals.

Tim Bonner
 


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Why not? The police need easonable grounds to kick in your door. Should be no problem requiring other agencies to have the same grounds.
 
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the fire service can enter any property they want without a warrant if they deem an emergency is occurring.


we can also demolish anything.

smashy smashy :)
 

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Another special interest group looking for privatised state powers. Buy the right minister enough pints, houses, 'dates' or whatever, and you too can have official Charter and Grant over just about anything you like.
 
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I assume this is in the UK if it's the RSPCA?
 

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It should be legal to shoot anyone who tries to enter your property against your will, unless they have a warrant from a judge who has reviewed the facts of the case or unless a cop knows someone is in imminent danger.
 

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the fire service can enter any property they want without a warrant if they deem an emergency is occurring.


we can also demolish anything.

smashy smashy :)
But then I can legally deem you a violent trespasser intent on harm and do a Nally on ye.
 
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Gardens, outhouses and sheds.
 

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Nope! while im sure they do good work the idea of giving charities statutory powers traditionally reserved for Police has to be looked with extreme suspicion. The risk is the Police no doubt would like this to happen as they wouldnt have to attend , tough thats a budgeting issue

RSPCA negotiating with Government to have power to enter private property without police | The Independent





RSPCA seeks power to enter private property - Countryside Alliance
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I so agree - the RSPCA are very patchy.

They do good work on the whole, but some of the branches and some of the Inspectors are very suspect.
Letting them have these powers would be a step too far IMO. They should only be operating under proper control.
 

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Why not? The police need easonable grounds to kick in your door. Should be no problem requiring other agencies to have the same grounds.
They are not a law enforcement agency.
 

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Paidin Mhaire

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Seems an unwelcome development if it ever came to pass. can anyone enlighten me as to the professional qualification/s held by animal welfare officers ?
 

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the fire service can enter any property they want without a warrant if they deem an emergency is occurring.


we can also demolish anything.

smashy smashy :)
The hsa I understand have powers of entry greater than that of ags, too.
 

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Seems an unwelcome development if it ever came to pass. can anyone enlighten me as to the professional qualification/s held by animal welfare officers ?
Well. you have to be barking mad and a bit quackers for a start.:)
 

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Well. you have to be barking mad and a bit quackers for a start.:)
Can you imagine them having power to enter property to see if you're treating your cat and dog to their satisfaction.
 

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They want the power expressly for a public good. Panda want the same power (are giving themselves) to grow their profits.
I am fine with the RSPCA doing it and not at all fine with Panda doing it but it should be the govt that decides.
 


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