The RSPCA has come under fire for its trustee’s apparent former association with a vegan animal rights group.
One of its long-standing senior trustees, vegan Bob Baylis, is founder and former director of Humane Being, a non-profit group said to be behind Animal Rebellion, a movement set to take thousands of campaigners to the streets of London next week (October 7) to protest against the farming industry outside Smithfield Market.
The RSPCA said Mr Baylis had ‘stepped down’ from his involvement with the group, but he was still listed on the website as founder.
It also refuted claims its vice-chairwoman Jane Tredgett was forced to resign last week after being vocal in her calls for meat, fish and dairy products to be banned.
The charity said her tenure was due to end in October and she offered to resign early.
Countryside Alliance chief executive Tim Bonner said: “It is incredibly concerning to see extremists in positions of power within the organisation. The society risks losing the confidence of the rural community if it fails to act swiftly.”
The RSPCA said following governance changes to freshen membership and attract people from different backgrounds, new trustees will be appointed in mid-October.
A spokesperson said: “Mr Baylis, whose tenure as an RSPCA trustee ends in October, is not involved in Animal Rebellion and is no longer a director of Humane Being.
“He is a strong believer of the aims of RSPCA to improve the welfare of all farm animals.”