An Overview of RSPCA, by Audrey Aloysius
October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Audrey Aloysius, Director of Business with an international travel firm, has actively contributed to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In this entry, she describes her involvement with the organization and gives a brief account of its history.
My professional and personal experience with travel has exposed me to numerous cultures and ways of life. Common to all human society, however, is the need to promote animal welfare and eradicate senseless animal cruelty. This is the mission of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
RSPCA dates back to 1824, when it was founded by a gathering of 22 reformers in a coffee shop in London, England. Led by William Wilberforce, Reverend Arthur Broome, and Richard Martin, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first charity of its kind worldwide. In its first year, the Society brought 63 perpetrators of animal cruelty before the Courts. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave the society royal status, solidifying its place in England.
In the years since its inception, RSPCA has expanded its influence overseas, implementing a proactive effort in Europe, Asia, and Africa to benefit people and animals. This effort includes developing animal welfare projects with local partners and responding quickly to emergencies that include earthquakes and oil spills.
In the last 10 years, RSPCA has implemented over 100 training courses for animal welfare in 50 countries. They have also successfully advocated for animal welfare legislation in the European Union, banning cosmetic testing involving animals and halting unethical farming conditions.
RSPCA has, over the years and around the world, held true to its mission to “prevent cruelty by all lawful means, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of all animals.”