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On 16 June 1824 a London vicar, Arthur Broome called a meeting at Old Slaughters Coffee House in the City with the intention of launching a Society for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals. Among those present were the MPs William Wilberforce and Richard Martin. After campaigning to end slavery in the British colonies, Wilberforce had turned his attention to the plight of animals. The RSPCA has come a long way since its early beginnings. Cock-fighting and bull-baiting were of course abolished in the 19th century, but animals face many problems in the modern world. Read more