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...