Infighting grows as RSPCA fills position of director-general

Former RSPCA director-general Peter Davies is to join global body WSPA as reports of infighting at the troubled national body intensify.

The RSPCA has chosen liberal democrat Jackie Ballard to take over the £90,000-a-year director-general position. Ballard is a vocal anti-hunt campaigner and ran for leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1999.

Council member Chris Flood is understood to be threatening to table a motion of no confidence in chairman Richard Ryder and vice-chairman David Davies over the selection process for a replacement to the outgoing Davies.

Davies, 64, succeeds Andrew Dickson, also 64, who retired as WSPA chief executive in September. For the past two years, Davies has been president of WSPA and has been on the board of directors since 1991.

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