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Update on RSPCA rights

On 7 June 2004 the RSPCA signed a written agreement with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to allow them to perform the functions of an “approved prosecutor” under the Protection of Animals (amendment) Act 2000. This agreement will come into effect on 1 September 2004. The area of jurisdiction applies to England only. The final model written agreement can be found on the DEFRA website at:
Defra - Farmed Animal Welfare: On-Farm together with the updated guidance notes.

Now that is an interesting and worrying idea, a charity being empowered to order investigations, issue entry warrents (I believe) and run prosecutions. DEFRA point out that other bodies can apply to be "Approved Prosecuters" as well so we could have a whole host of them running about...


Not sure about them issuing entry warrants. Beleive it's they can enter without one: something the police cannot do but Customs can.

Partnership between voluntary, public and private sectors is long standing British tradition. The RSPCA has long been contracted by government to enforce animal rights laws. (That’s law passed by parliament, not as Tim’s previously suggested any old policy they like.)

The NSPCC have contracts for child welfare (but can’t stop you smacking your child). Age Concern/Help the Aged are often contracted by local authorities. The list goes on and is set to get larger. A large number of private sector legal practices are contracted as approved prosecutors for government departments.

All this helps keep government smaller.

Tim & Co’s hysteria is (as is usual) based upon ignorance.

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