In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the RSPCA has been branded a "Sinister and Nasty" organisation by the head of the Countryside Alliance General Sir Barney White-Spunner. In his interview, General White-Spunner alleged that the charity has become more interested in animal rights than promoting welfare, while its inspectors have been given intrusive powers with no proper basis in law.
Replying to Sir Barney's comments an RSPCA spokesperson said "We completely refute the allegation that RSPCA is in any way....what did you say his name was? No way.Come on, this is important stuff, I can't debate this with someone who sounds like a character off Round The Horne."
General Sir Barney elaborated on his remarks about the society "A once great British institution has been turned from an animal welfare organisation to one concerned with animal rights."
The RSPCA spokesperson asked for all further press inquiries to be referred to the Society's new head of press and public relations Rear Admiral Dame Lucretia Panty-Shield.
"This is Typical of the RSPCA's metropolitan cynicism towards traditional rural values, for which we shall continue to campaign vigorously" said the Countryside Alliance's press spokesman, Wing-Commander Sir Rupes Browne-Helmet.
(Hat tip to Squudge)