RSPCA retains NGO Watch crown after calls to end airgun attacks

The RSPCA remains at the top of NGO Watch for the third month in a row after it condemned 'mindless airgun attacks' on animals by youths in Cumbria.

The charity grabbed national and local headlines in February after it launched an awareness-building campaign to highlight the dangers of pellet guns. This was in response to increased numbers of cats, dogs and wild birds being killed by young people in the North West.

Cancer Research moved up to second spot after it published the findings of a study that concluded people who take vitamin E supplements increase their risk of contracting lung cancer.

The study was reported to be one of the largest health studies ever conducted.

graphFriends of the Earth generated positive media coverage after the lead singer for Radiohead, Thom Yorke, announced he was launching a climate campaign in collaboration with the organisation.

Yorke commented that he was 'cashing in the rest of my (celebrity) chips with this'. But he then attracted scrutiny for his band's carbon footprint during its world tour.

Greenpeace garnered a large amount of negative and positive coverage after some of its campaigners climbed on a plane at Heathrow airport - but only came fourth as the story had limited traction with the local press.

The campaigners were protesting against the apparently 'fixed' public consultation on the third runway. The stunt coincided with the closing of the government consultation.

Human Rights Watch made it into this month's table after it criticised the Russian government for reportedly refusing to give the organisation's chief a visa to present a paper critical of the administration.

According to the Financial Times, the organisation was due to present a paper 'accusing the Russian government of using burdensome new regulations on NGOs'.

NGO Watch is compiled by Infonic. It covers the national press, the major newswires, online media and 174 regional press titles.

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