The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) only operates in England and in Wales. Northern Ireland has the USPCA (Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and Scotland has the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

The Western area contact number for the USPCA in Northern Ireland, which includes Derry, Omagh, Limavady, Strabane, and Fermanagh, for issues regarding companion animals only, is T: 02882256226. Email:

Other area contact details (for issues regarding companion animals only) for the USPCA in Northern Ireland:

Belfast Area T: 02890270431. Email:

Eastern Area (Lisburn, Castlereagh, Down, North Down, Ards) - T: 02890494567. Email:

Northern Area (Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Antrim, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Larne, Moyle, Ballymoney, Coleraine) - T: 02825660412. Email:

Southern Area (Dungannon, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry & Mourne) - T: 02837515800. Email:

For issues regarding agricultural animals only - T: 03002007840.

For issues regarding wildlife crime only - T: 08456008000.

Newtownabbey Borough Council has recently been considering permanently banning circuses that use animals from setting up production on land owned by the council. In a council meeting at the end of last month, a letter from the USPCA stating its opposition to circuses which exploit animals was read by one alderman. The USPCA also asked the council to review its policies regarding circuses using council land in the letter.

Tuesday, May 07 2013


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