RSPCA boss Davies to step down after 11 years at the helm

Peter Davies is retiring after 11 years as head of the RSPCA.

Davies, 64, became director-general of the animal welfare charity in 1991 and has headed numerous campaigns, including the Freedom Food labelling initiative and the campaign to ban hunting with dogs, set up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the League Against Cruel Sports.

Davies was also responsible for overseeing a broad expansion of RSPCA activities, including the inspectorate and veterinary divisions, prosecutions and legal services.

Among the legislative changes that have been made as a result of RSPCA lobbying in the past decade are the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, welfare of livestock regulations in 1994, welfare of animals transport order in 1997 and the Protection of Animals (amendment) Act and Fur Farming (prohibition) Act in 2000.

Davies will leave at the end of the year and the process to appoint his successor will begin after a trustees' meeting in May.

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