The Scottish SPCA has accused the RSPCA of “stealing food from the mouths” of animals north of the border by taking donations intended for Scotland.”

BBC News, Tues 3rd Feb 2009

The RSPCA has no authority in Scotland yet does a huge amount of fundraising north of the border. Any money Scottish people donate to them doesn’t help Scottish animals. While some donors may be happy with this arrangement, I think in the majority of cases this isn’t true.We as a people would want to help our own.

Scotland needs to be educated about the differences between the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA, so that they are aware of where their money is really going. To do this, the Scottish SPCA has set up a hard-hitting campaign against the RSPCA’s fundraisising efforts in Scotland.

Good for them!

There are a lot of people unhappy with the Scottish SPCA using it’s funds on such a campaign, but I think it’s a brilliant thing. Hopefully more people will become aware of the differences, and give their money to the charity they feel is most relevant to them.

I do have a soft spot for the Scottish SPCA. I used to be on the fundraising committee for their team in Dumbarton, have re-homed animals, have sponsored spaces on behalf of others and give my regular monthly donation. They do valuable work, but receive no government or lottery funding.

If you have a moment, why not go over to their site and see what they have to say:

Spread the word – Scotland has it’s own animal welfare charity.