Byline: NATALIE WALKER
TELEVISION pet documentaries are depriving Scottish animal welfare charities of vital funds, it was claimed last night.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the nation"s biggest pet welfare group, said programmes such as Animal Hospital and Animal Police, only focus on the work of the RSPCA which operates solely in England and Wales.
Jim Morris, chief executive of the SSPCA, claimed his organisation is missing out on donations because some people do not realise the RSPCA does not function in Scotland.
He said: 'People will be surprised to hear that some of these programmes are actually having a harmful effect on our society.
'The majority of the programmes are produced in the Southeast of England and, in the main, feature the work of the RSPCA.
'Unfortunately none of these programmes make it clear that the RSPCA only operates in England and Wales and has no remit north of the Border.
The confusion between the identities of the SSPCA and the RSPCA is now at a level that is causing the Scottish society financial difficulties.' Mr Morris said the SSPCA had recently conducted a survey to see if the general public in Scotland realised that the two groups were different. …