Voluntary Sector: RSPCA clings on to top position with one article more than RSPB

The RSPB flew back into this month's NGO Watch for the first time since October, but failed to knock the RSPCA off its perch.

The RSPCA held firm at the top for a second month after criticising a proposal by the Welsh Assembly Government sub-committee to cull badgers in order to reduce cases of bovine tuberculosis. Commenting on the announcement, the RSPCA said that a badger cull 'would make no meaningful contribution to the problem'.

Meanwhile, the RSPB garnered considerable levels of positive coverage for its annual Big Garden Birdwatch Survey. It was reported as encouraging people to spend 60 minutes examining the birds that come into their gardens and will use the data to compile a list of endangered birds.

January was another good month for Greenpeace, which followed closely behind the top two with its new campaign to raise awareness of sustainable fishing.

Sky News said that reports of over-fishing tuna, cod and tropical prawns had provoked Greenpeace into recruiting celebrity chefs Tom Aitken and Raymond Blanc to promote the use of other types of fish.

Friends of the Earth re-entered the table in fourth spot with 218 articles.

The Telegraph reported charity spokesperson Martyn Williams as saying: 'Leaving aviation emissions out of the Climate Change Bill makes a mockery of the Government's aviation strategy.'

Lawrence Ampofo, spokesman for Infonic, which complied the chart, said: 'Friends of the Earth proved successful in its role as a government watchdog in January. It generated significant media interest for its criticism of misleading conclusions made by the UK government in published 2006 CO2 emissions figures.'

NGO WATCH - JANUARY 2008 RANKING
Ranking NGO No of mentions
1 RSPCA 272
2 RSPB 271
3 Greenpeace 262
4 Friends of the Earth 218
5 Age Concern 173
6 Red Cross 165
7 Cancer Research 153
8 Citizens Advice Bureau 140
9 British Heart Foundation 131
10 Amnesty International 126
Source: Infonic

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