15 June 2001
Meade slams ‘prejudiced’ RSPCA

THE RSPCA is using postcode prejudice to prevent country people from joining the animal welfare organisation, claims a former leading member.

Olympic equestrian Richard Meade, a supporter of fox-hunting, had his membership ended after the charitys ruling council met on Thursday (14 June).

Mr Meade was expelled over claims that he tried to encourage hunt members to join in a bid to overturn the RSPCA policy of hunting with dogs.

These claims are denied by Mr Meade.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme Mr Meade accused the RSPCA of discriminating against country people.

He accused the RSPCA of postcode prejudice against rural support and warned that the charity was becoming dominated by urban opinion.

This was rejected by the RSPCA.

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