BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANIMAL KEEPERS
WHICH INCLUDES FISHKEEPING
AND IS OF CONCERN TO US ALL
The 2004 RSPCA Policy Document states that
animals that are kept in cages or Aquariums are generally unsuitable as companion
Animal Aid are against the breeding of any animals including
fish as pets.
Animal Aid are currently mounting campaigns against the keeping
of birds and reptiles.
Animal Aid have started a campaign against the keeping
of tropical and coldwater fish in aquariums or ponds, starting with the public
.Animal Aid are in fact opposed to the keeping of any animals including
fish as pets.
Animal Aid and the RSPCA want all animal and fish Shows banned.
THE RSPCA RULING COUNCIL WHO MAKE RSPCA POLICIES IS DOMINATED
BY A MAJORITY OF 18 ANIMAL AID SUPPORTERS/EXTREMISTS OUT OF A COUNCIL OF 26 AND
SO EFFECTIVELY NOW CONTROL THE RSPCA. THE RSPCA IS NO LONGER THE SAME ORGANISATION
THAT HAS HAD THE LOYAL SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC FOR SO MANY
YEARS. THE RULING COUNCIL HAVE TURNED IT INTO AN ANTI ANIMAL KEEPING POLITICAL
The RSPCA Inspectorate continue, (with some exceptions)
to do a good job for animal welfare but are hampered by the Ruling Council's refusal
to allow any formal co-operation between the Inspectorate and animal keeping societies
to improve animal welfare where necessary.
One example of the Ruling Council's
political actions was their rejection of the Memorandum of Understanding which
was proposed and composed by the Inspectorate with the sole purpose of helping
the RSPCA inspectors to deal more effectively with animal welfare issues through
co-operation with hobbyists.
The Ruling Council controls the expenditure of
the RSPCA and while the extremists have controlled it,
been spent on new headquarters in Horsham, the number of inspectors has been reduced
as have the number of rescue centres and animal treatment centres.
are now manned by non-RSPCA personnel and in many cases the RSPCA will no longer
come out to help injured wildlife.
Meanwhile, the Ruling Council is spending
freely on campaigns against animal keeping.
To those who read this message
and think we are being alarmist, let us assure you that all the above statements
are factual. Having read the RSPCA's 2004 Policy Document
and with some of us having met with the RSPCA at senior levels, been present at
various meetings with official bodies and studied the statements posted by Animal
Aid and other extremist groups on their websites, the above are the only conclusions
that can be reached.
If you really love your animals and believe that your
children/grandchildren should be allowed to continue having pets, then encourage
anyone you know to join Clubs and persuade the Club to fully support Federation
of Companion Animal Societies (FOCAS).
BE PREPARED TO
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MP.
UNLESS WE MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD OUR HOBBY WILL DISAPPEAR.
We need to present ourselves as a large fish keeping fraternity to effectively
get our views heard by government.
As the vast majority of meetings are held
in Central London it falls on the FBAS to supply the people to attend these. This
we are willing to do. We have joined with many of the other animal-keeping organisations
and together with them have put money into forming FOCAS.
Most Societies have
members residing in areas that cover more than one Parliamentary Constituency;
between us that is a lot of MPs. We call on you to send a letter to your MP. We
have composed a standard letter
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COPY THIS TO YOUR MP
adding your name and address and post it to the House of Commons.
US TO SAVE OUR HOBBY