Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) is an animal charity based and operating in Northern Ireland. The other SPCA societies operating in the United Kingdom are the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
The USPCA is a registered charity and is the primary animal care group in Northern Ireland. After the RSPCA, the USPCA is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the world, having been founded in 1836.
According to its website, the organisation's views are:
widely regarded by the Media, Local Government and Members of the Legislative Assembly as the definitive voice on all matters relating to the welfare of animals.— USPCA
Its remit is the promotion of the welfare of all animals "through education and enforcement". The organisation is small however, having only four officers to cater for the whole of Northern Ireland.
- BBC (October 2003). "Animal Hospital visits the USPCA in Northern Ireland and finds out about the law on exotic pet ownership". BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2007.