The RSPCA classes ‘wild animals’ as those that are not normally domesticated and this ranges from badgers to nesting birds, pet snakes and zoo elephants. Our concern for wild animals is based on their welfare needs and preventing cruelty rather than their conservation status. This means our focus is on animal welfare rather than the numbers of a particular species, although the two can overlap.
The RSPCA has four wildlife centres where we rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals.
There is a range of legislation concerning the protection of wild animals which is complex and in need of updating. The Law Commission conducted a consultation and review of these laws.
For further information on these issues please see our briefings.