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False and Damaging Rumour – ‘RSPCA Paid to Keep Quiet About Halal Slaughtering’

by Brett M. Christensen


Messages circulating online claim that a wealthy Saudi prince pays the RSPCA £5 million per year to keep quiet about cruel Halal slaughtering methods in the UK and take no action to stop it. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the messages are heinous lies. The RSPCA has categorically denied the accusations. Nor is there any credible evidence of any kind to support the claims. The RSPCA has stated publicly that it is opposed to the religious slaughter of animals without pre-stunning. The organization is also pressing for law changes to improve animal welfare during religious slaughter. The RSPCA is certainly not keeping quiet on the issue as claimed. Sending on such malicious messages can unfairly damage the reputation of the RSPCA and hinder important fund-raising efforts.


RSPCA Saudi Prince 1


RSPCA Saudi Prince 1

Detailed Analysis

According to messages that are currently circulating via social media, the RSPCA is being paid by a wealthy Saudi prince to keep quiet on the subject of cruel Halal slaughtering techniques. 

The messages claim that Prince Faisal “donates” the £5 million per year to the RSPCA, in return for which he expects the organization to take no action to stop the Halal method of animal slaughter in the UK.

However, the claims in the messages are vicious lies. The RSPCA does not take money to keep quiet on religious slaughter or any other issue. A spokesperson from the RSPCA submitted the following statement denying the allegations:

It is absolutely untrue that our policy or campaigns are dictated by anything other than animal welfare and science and we cannot, as this post suggests, be bought. We are here to protect animals and that is what we do. We do not support slaughter without pre-stunning, here is more information on our work in this area:
http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/farm/slaughter/religiousslaughter –

The labelling of animal products is something that we too are concerned about and we are seeking to campaign publicly on the issue of labelling in the future.

Moreover, the claim that the RSPCA is taking no action on the issue of religious slaughter is easily debunked as nonsense. As noted on its website, the RSPCA is actively pushing for law changes that would improve the welfare of animals at religious slaughter.

And, for the record, there is no credible evidence of any kind that supports the accusations outlined in the messages.

Sending on such rumours can unfairly damage the reputation of the RSPCA and hinder its vital work in helping to protect the welfare of animals. Such false accusations can stop people from donating and offering their support to the organization.  If one of these disgraceful messages comes your way, please do not share it with others. And please take the time to let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are unfounded.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,