Reports of animal cruelty are rocketing in the UK and, until the laws are changed, there is little that authorities can do to prevent suffering or punish offenders. The RSPCA gave me exclusive access to the working life of one of its inspectors fighting for justice.

Hundreds if not thousands of REAL/RSPCA reader petitions flooded into the REAL office after this feature was published, cheering me with the realisation that there are a lot of really good people out there in this country – we’re not all selfish and superficial as one can start to believe after too long reading the papers. It’s a reminder to me too of what a single feature can do.