Rise in number of animal cruelty reports
Data from the RSPCA shows an increase in the number of reports of animals suffering physical cruelty across England and Wales.
It said the figures are "heartbreaking” and suggested the end of the coronavirus pandemic and the soaring cost of living as possible factors.
Numbers from the animal welfare charity show 605 incidents of animal beatings were recorded in Greater Manchester last year – up from 553 in 2021.
It means recorded animal beatings rose by 9 per cent.
Overall, the number of reports made nationally to the charity’s cruelty line about intentional harm to animals - including beatings, mutilations such as ear cropping, poisonings and even killings - has increased by 14 per cent, with 12,582 reported last year compared to 11,012 reports in 2021.
As a result, the animal charity is bracing for one of its busiest summers this year as it expects another summer of suffering, with more people reporting cruelty to animals from July to September.
The charity has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty and abuse and to raise awareness about how to stop cruelty to animals for good.
The national figures, exclusively released today by the RSPCA, show in 2022 the charity saw a 22 per cent increase in reports of beatings (9,658 in 2022, compared to 7,857 in 2021) that’s 26 every day.
The number of beatings reported to the RSPCA in 2022 peaked in August, when 1,081 reports were received - a staggering 35 a day.
The number of animals killed in ‘suspicious circumstances’ increased in 2022 by 15 per cent from by 2021 (891 in 2022, compared to 775 in 2021)
And 77 per cent of all cruelty complaints reported to the charity 2022 were beatings.
It is not known why reports of animal cruelty peak in the summer months although factors like animal abuse being more visible as people are outdoors more, could be one factor.