It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out.
The RSPCA have just published their prosecutions statistics. Last year they secured 4,168 convictions against 1,552 people, with a conviction rate of 98%. This is a great achievement from a body that employs less than 1,700 people, and good luck to them.
Let’s compare this with the statistics for people who kill and injure workers. Across Great Britain, 680 cases were prosecuted for health and safety breaches in 2011/12. These cases led to 630 convictions, with a conviction rate of 93%. This is for cases brought by both the HSE and by Local Authorities. The HSE, which managed to secure 506 of these convictions, employs around twice the number of staff as the RSPCA.