RSPCA called to 1,227 incidents of intentional harm to animals in East Yorkshire during the past five years
The RSPCA has launched a new campaign to ‘Cancel Out Cruelty’ as figures released today show there were 1,227 reports of deliberate cruelty to animals in East Yorkshire over the past five years.
The RSPCA gets around 84,000 calls to its cruelty line every month and around 1,500 of those are about intentional cruelty. But the charity sees a rise in the summer by around 400 calls, on average, per month, which equates to 47 calls every day or two every hour.
July is a particularly busy month for investigating cruelty – last year the RSPCA dealt with a spike in intentional cruelty as 1,532 incidents were called through to their emergency helpline and the charity is expecting a similar spike this July.
Dermot Murphy, head of RSPCA animal rescue teams, said: “We always sadly see a rise in cruelty during the Summer months. As well as more people being out and about in the longer sunny days, seeing and reporting abuse, we feel there are a number of factors which contribute to this rise.
“Unfortunately, the hot summer days can lead to more people drinking alcohol in the sun which can be a factor in causing violence. There could also be boredom during the long holidays and more pressures at home - when the whole family is on holiday from school and work, existing difficulties in the home can be magnified. During these hot months, calls to our cruelty line rise, putting more pressure on our already stretched frontline rescue teams.
“Police forces reported a rise in domestic violence last year during lockdown and we are concerned that similar pressures which led to this rise may also have impacted on more cruelty to animals behind closed doors during the pandemic.
“We are concerned that, as we come out of lockdown and people return to their jobs outside the home or suffer financial pressures, we will see more animals suffer if their owners find themselves unable to cope.
“We are urging people in East Yorkshire to support our campaign to Cancel Out Cruelty so we can all work together to end cruelty towards animals.
“We urge anyone who wants to report animal cruelty to us to call our hotline on 0300 1234 999.”
Go to tinyurl.com/66ubyjcw to see the RSPCA’s Cancel out Cruelty video.