Dog attacks put RSPCA campaign in spotlight

RSPCA launched its 'Curb the Danger Dogs' campaign in September, and coverage - spurred by a number of attacks on children by dangerous dogs - saw it top September's NGO Watch.

In one attack, five-month-old Cadey-Lee Deacon was killed by two Rottweilers.

RSPCA regional super­intendent for the North, Dave Millard, was quoted urging compulsory microchipping and registration of all dogs.

Meanwhile, animal welfare charity RSPB fell from fourth to eighth, but recorded 181 mentions. The group criticised twitchers whose attempts to photograph a rare rose-coloured Starling led to it dying of exhaustion.

Cancer Research UK moved from fifth to second after it published a report on rising breast cancer rates.

Macmillan Cancer Support also increased its ­coverage after hosting what it claimed to be ‘the world's biggest ever coffee morning'.

Friends of the Earth International leapt to fourth after The Guardian covered its claim that genetically modified rice had found its way ­into US exports bound for the UK.

NGO WATCH - September 2006 ranking

01.  RSPCA (NGO), 327 (No. of mentions)
02.  Cancer Research UK, 301
03.  Age Concern, 301 
04.  Friends of the Earth International, 271 
05.  Red Cross, 256 
06.  Macmillan Cancer Support, 241 
07.  Amnesty International, 216 
08.  RSPB, 181 
09.  British Heart Foundation, 179 
10.  Citizens Advice Bureau, 171 

Source: Infonic

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