Dog attacks push RSPCA back to top spot after

The RSPCA has narrowly beaten Age Concern to return to the top of NGO Watch. The animal charity's four-month stint at the summit of the chart was ended in November by Children in Need.

But last month it regained the top spot after a Rottweiler mauled a one-year-old boy and the RSPCA expressed concern over the treatment of certain breeds of dog.

BBC News claimed the death would raise further questions about the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, which has been described by critics as 'rushed and ineffective'.

Overall, last month's chart saw a considerably lower than average number of media mentions for NGOs. Age Concern missed out on the top spot by only four articles after it criticised the Government for quietly backtracking on its agreement to allow women to pay missed National Insurance contributions.

According to The Guardian, the proposed amendment to the Pensions Bill would 'potentially boost the income of thousands of women previously penalised by an unfair and outdated system'.

Age Concern Comms director Michelle Mitchell was quoted as saying the move was 'a slap in the face for thousands of women... penalised for taking time out of work to care'.

Greenpeace claimed third spot thanks to its successful campaign to halt the Japanese whaling fleet slaughtering humpback whales.

Greenpeace's Dave Walsh said in a Guardian article: 'We are obviously delighted that this has happened but... we would like to see an end to the hunt altogether.'

The Salvation Army had a good month, shooting up to fifth place after one of its members was included on the New Year's Honours List.

Amnesty International returned to sixth place as it succeeded in its campaign to remove a UK national from death row in the US.

NGO WATCH - DECEMBER 2007 RANKING

Ranking
NGO
No of mentions
1 RSPCA 175
2 Age Concern 171
3 Greenpeace 160
4 Red Cross 146
5 Salvation Army 138
6 Amnesty International 136
7 Cancer Research 129
8 WWF 118
9 Oxfam 99
10 Royal British Legion 73

Source: Infonic

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