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Helen wants something cleared up. She writes:

I've just had a charity collector from the RSPCA knock on my door. He said that there was a big problem in the area with people having their cats stolen cats paws superglued together, and then used in dogfights. Can this really be true? Has anyone else heard of it happening?

28 comments:

Thom said...

Wtf? I hope for the sake of humanity as well as Brockley cat owners that this isn't true.

LawrenceBeale Collins said...

Nothing like scaring people into signing up for a direct debit. This is total rubbish and the chugger should be ashamed for stooping so low. We had two seperate RSPCA chuggers at the door yesterday (20/8)

mb said...

yep, had the chuggers. At least on the street you can huury by. imagine if you were a sweet elderly lady and they tried their cynical manipulaive blurb (for that is what it is)on your door step and you were too polite to say 'no'? I really don't see much difference between them and people selling PPI insurance or 'roof repairs'

The ends do not justify the means, why do respectable charities do this?

Said I was eating, they walked off saying 'they would pop back later', I answered the door in a towel. They didn't try a gain, i looked mental.

Anonymous said...

I had RSPCA chuggers at my door as well. I had my cat in my arms - who is a rescue cat,and after telling me what the RSPCA did said, 'I am sure you would hate anything to happen to your cat....'almost trying to scare me in to signing for DD

usound ignorant said...

" i looked mental."

And what precisely does someone with mental health difficulties look like then?

Faux Berry said...

Do people who have mental health issues describe themselves as "mental" now?

pip said...

I would hope the days of chuggers are numbered - they seem to put most people off whichever charity they're promoting.

I imagine there is some truth in the cat stories (sadly) but they'll be isolated incidents, and it's really inappropriate for these people to exploit them for chugging purposes.

It's a joke said...

Has it really got to the stage when you can't lightheartedly say you looked mental, without the PC brigade jumping on you? They must be mental.

Anonymous said...

We've had the same people come round. They didn't even want to see the kitten we'd stuffed and hung from our ceiling.

Mb said...

No offence intended. I looked semi naked, a bit hairy and didn't blink. OK?

My point stands, their sales tactics are deplorable.

Ubber said...

Not sure if this applies to these guys, but worth reporting them anyway:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19316167

This may also be a potential breach of consumer protection legislation relating to agressive, miselading or deceptive marketing practices. Worth complaining direct to the charity.

Anyway, don't believe a word of their tosh. It's just the latest story they've picked up and are trying to use to guilt people into donating.

Personally, I'm a dog lover so their story would be lost on me anyway...

Anonymous said...

wouldn't call it agressive but certainly, sly and manipulative.

whealie said...

The RSPCA says they stopped using Chuggers a while back. Were the people who knocked from the local RSPCA group? When exactly were these people calling? The RSPCA says it need more detail to check these allegations.

Fund-raisers's regulator defends chuggers
http://www.pfra.org.uk/face-to-face_fundraising/do_you_object_to_chuggers

mb said...

....actually it may have been battersea cats&dogs home? I will check if they are brave enought to cope with me opeing the door in a towel again.

Admirable charities, it's the tactics that gets my goat.

Very concerning said...

Unfortunately this story is true. Animal modification the latest craze to come out of Japan and in some communities has over taken origami as their biggest pastime. Funnily enough it's origins come from a harmless curiosity to see what would happen if you (for instance) gave a cat chicken's feet, or an otter, wings. Funny stuff, and I think most people would agree that that is no more than harmless japery at worst. Like most things however you'll always find a sick minority who take it further and want to know what would happen if, say, a badger fitted with with Walrus Tusks took on a dove with a cobra strapped to it's back.* Very sad. Where it will stop though people? that's what I'd like to know.

*(the cobra would kill of them, including the dove)

Helen said...

Well, I spoke to the RSPCA who confirmed that they do have a campaign in the area.

The man I spoke to was very unhappy that the charity collector was using these tactics. And that what I had been told at the doorstep was completely untrue.

The charity collector will be removed.

david said...

Very Concerning, what on earth is harmless about attaching wings to an otter? Or replacing an animal's feet with that of another species? It's not pet death match but it is somethinbg from the island of dr moreau!

(Unless I've just had a sense of humour fail and missed the joke, in which case move along, move along)

Mysixyearoldcoulddothat said...

It's that bloody elephant artist......how much for a stoat with tusks and a prehensile tail? I'm asking for a friend.

whealie said...

@Helen May I ask who you spoke to? Someone locally? The RSPCA nationally deny using Chuggers and don't know of any campaign locally.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be alot of Chinese whispers and hearsay here. It would be simpler if people didn't take it upon themselves to report what they read on a blog to the various charities, rather leave it to the people themselves. I have had two animal charities on my doorstep none have been the RSPCA, so people are either getting confused or mischief making. If it didn't happen to you then get the facts straight!

Helen said...

No, I spoke to their central advice line and they got someone from campaigns to call me back.

Helen said...

I am not confused, it was the RSPCA that came around and the RSPCA confirmed that collector was legitimate when I rang their central office. No chinese whispers here.

whealie said...

I am checking the facts by asking the RSPCA and Helen.

Mb said...

As if by magic, the RSPCA knocked on the door as I was eating dinner. Polite, said I was busy and they went. Third time in about a month? Annoying

Anonymous said...

David. You've had a sense of humour failure.

Tamsin said...

Mugging is street robbery, and chuggers those who approach you in the streets in the name of charity. Presumably what we are writing about here is actually "churglery".

Anonymous said...

Very concerning - it's worse than that. In parts of Japan they now combine pets and origami together:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonsai_Kitten



(Oh look, I've got a new email. It's from 1999, it wants its internet hoaxes back)

NAT said...

I was approached by a guy in a light blue RSPCA jacket in New Cross yesterday and decided to ask about the superglued cats paws. His response was to ask if he'd been to my address already. He was adamant that this was in fact happening but that the police wanted it kept quiet...yes, I know...!!!!
He then went on to give me a police number where I could check the story out, I think its the switchboard that puts you through to your local station for non urgent stuff. He was happy to give his name and charity collectors number.
I urged him to come on here and set the record straight.

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