Today I was fortunate enough to join RSPCA Inspector Ben on his shift around Barnsley, he covers a huge area of South Yorkshire from Barnsley up to Holmfirth. It was interesting to chat to him about the issues he faces day in day out and sadly to see first-hand some of the terrible situations and incidents involving animals. We travelled from Hoyland up to Shafton and Grimethorpe following up from calls from the public and existing cases.

We have seen a lot of progress on animal welfare issues in the last two decades, from the 2007 Animal Welfare Act to the ban on fox hunting. But despite all the progress we’ve made, last year there were 4,500 complaints about animal welfare in South Yorkshire, and 1,100 complaints in Barnsley. This is simply not good enough and shows just how much more there is to do.

I want to pay tribute to all the hard work the RSPCA do, from their inspectors like Ben to their fantastic network of volunteers – thank you.


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