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RSPCA powers 'to be examined by MPs'

A group of MPs is planning to launch a formal inquiry into the powers of the RSPCA and other animal charities, the BBC has learned. It will examine whether the RSPCA should be allowed to both investigate and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Neil Parish, chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, said it was important the "right cases" were taken to court. The RSPCA says the private prosecutions it brings saves government £50m a year. Jim Reed reports.

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