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RSPCA: Monkeys are 'wild animals not household pets'

Primates have "very complex needs" that cannot necessarily be met in a "household environment", an animal rights campaigner said.

Senior scientific officer Dr Ros Clubb for the RSPCA said:

In the absence of a ban, we welcome the committee's recommendations to review and improve Defra's Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately-Kept Primates.

Primates have very complex needs and the level of suffering is high if these requirements are not met.

In short, primates are wild animals that cannot have their needs met in a household environment. They are not pets.

Specialist expert knowledge and facilities are required to look after primates properly, which the vast majority of people lack. This is illustrated by the increase in the number of convictions for cruelty to primates.

– Dr Ros Clubb

RSPCA set to investigate after angler's discoveries

An angling club official is waiting for a response from the RSPCA, after reporting the find of four swans' heads in Buckinghamshire.

Steaven Cooper filed his report today, after finding four heads close to Mount Farm Lake, Milton Keynes, during the last three weeks.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said in most instances, the deaths would've been caused by animals, but this could not be established without further investigation.

As he says he has contacted us, I am sure we will get back to him. It is something we would certainly look into. In the majority of such cases, it is down to animal kill, but we do not know in this case until we have looked into it.

– RSPCA spokesman

Angler believes birds were killed for food

A member of an angling club in Buckinghamshire has asked the RSPCA to investigate, after finding the severed heads of four swans.

Steaven Cooper, fisheries officer and secretary of the Beacon Angling Club, said he found the heads close to Mount Farm Lake in Milton Keynes.

He only found a swan's head and body in one instance and said he thought they might have been killed for food.

We have found four heads, and only one of them had the body close by it. That was near the Inn on the Lake pub, so the person may have been disturbed while doing it. As fisheries officer, I found them all, with bailiffs on the lake, over the last three weeks. I have tended to find them early in the morning. There is an area of the lake that is currently out of bounds for fishing, and I have found them in that area, which is quiet. The swans are friendly, and an easy target. I'm beginning to think that people are doing it for food.

– Steaven Cooper

He said it looked as if the birds' heads had been taken off by a sharp blade and he didn't think they had been killed by an animal. He said police had told him to contact the the RSPCA. Police had no information on the matter.


RSPCA officers helping to evacuate animals from floods

The RSPCA is sending officers to help evacuate vulnerable animals in the flood-hit towns and villages along the River Thames.

The wildlife charity says it has received more than 5,000 calls since flooding began and is "really struggling" to deal with the volume of demand, especially to help vulnerable horses.

RSPCA warns of cats 'being blown away' in storms

The RSPCA has warned owners to take special care of their pets after reports of cats being lifted into the air by strong winds.

The RSCPA has warned owners to take special care of their pets as even more harsh weather batters Britain Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

Amid warnings of more heavy weather over the coming days, the RSPCA has appealed to pet owners "to take precautions ahead of the storms and high winds".

"There have been recent media reports of cats being lifted into the air by the strong gusts in some parts of the country, and others of dogs who have got swept away in flood water during walks," said the RSPCA.

“It might be necessary to keep cats inside if the winds become very extreme."

The RSPCA has advised dog owners to consider putting coats on them when outside, and to give rabbits in hutches more hay to burrow into "to make them feel more secure".

'Goldfish being eaten' as part of neknomination craze

The RSPCA have reported an "alarming trend" in people drinking alcohol with a goldfish inside as part of the controversial 'neknomination' craze.

The drinking game, which sees people being challenged to drink large quantities of alcohol before nominating a friend to do the same or more extreme feats, has been heavily criticised after the deaths of two young men last week.

The RSPCA insisted 'eating a live animal and posting of a film of it on the internet is not some light-hearted joke'. Credit: PA Wire

The organisation revealed that they have received 14 calls about footage showing people drinking a shot of alcohol with a live fish inside.

“We are extremely concerned about this shocking new trend. We have had quite a few similar cases reported to us in a very short space of time – but this could be just the tip of the iceberg as there’s probably many more we have not been told about," RSPCA scientist Nicola White said.

The animal welfare charity said "eating a live animal and posting of a film of it on the internet is not some light-hearted joke" and was a criminal offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

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