The RSPCA has released its latest ‘Prosecutions Annual Report.’
The Report, which covers prosecutions activity in England and Wales, shows that in 2016 the RSPCA received 1,153,744 calls to its cruelty line. Just under 150,000 complaints of cruelty were investigated. Welfare improvement notices were issued in 84,725 cases, and 1,477 convictions were secured against 744 defendants in magistrates’ courts. The RSPCA reports a 92.5% prosecution success rate (the CPS prosecution success rate in magistrates’ courts is around 83%).
The vast majority of convictions (1,401) related to offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. There was, however, a noticeable increase in the number of convictions being secured under the Deer Act 1991 (19 compared with 0 in 2015) and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (32 compared with 7 in 2015). The vast majority of offences were committed against dogs (858), whilst 215 and 187 offences were committed against horses and cats respectively.
You can read the full report here: https://view.pagetiger.com/RSPCAProsecutionsAnnualreport2016.