I have heard a true story today about the Scottish SPCA prosecuting a farmer for neglecting his sheep, some of which died.

The case went before the sheriff, with the vet who performed the post mortems and the auxiliary inspector as witneses. The police who were also involved as witnesses were not apparentlt called to give evidence. The solicitor for the accused said as there was no ACTUAL evidence ie a dead body, [frozen?] his client shouldn't be in court.

The farmer was found 'not guilty'!

Perhaps, up to a point, we are blaming the RSPCA/SSPCA wholly instead of partly, along with the courts who do not always support them.