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.

The Use of Snares in Wales

Snaring is a method of wildlife management which can cause immense pain and suffering to animals. Victims of snares may...

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bTB in Cattle and Badgers

  Bovine tuberculosis (Btb) affects a number of animals including cattle and badgers. The disease and efforts to control it...

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Hunting wild mammals with dogs

Hunting with dogs was consigned to the history books when the Hunting Act was passed in 2004 (and became law...

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