Animal row goes to the politicians

SSPCA appeals to politicians in its long-running battle with the RSPCA

The Scottish SPCA has written to politicians in Scotland and Westminster calling for a review of cross-border fundraising regulations after a spat with the RSPCA.

The SSPCA accused its English counterpart of "stealing from the mouths of Scotland's defenceless animals" by exploiting a misconception among Scottish people that it operated in Scotland (Third Sector Online, 3 February). The RSPCA denies the claim.

Stuart Earley, chief executive of the SSPCA, told Third Sector that if the charitable sector could not regulate itself on the issue, the respective governments should put regulations in place to prevent public confusion.

"A completely transparent framework for cross-border working based on the Institute of Fundraising guidelines, but backed up by enforceable regulation, will avoid future cross-border problems between charities," he said.

The institute guidelines on cross-border promotion had gone a long way towards trying to address the situation, but there were still grey areas, said Earley.

The institute said this was not a regulatory issue and its guidelines were clear.

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