A FEDERAL Nationals MP has taken aim at the RSPCA over its handling of the cattle debate.
The MP has accused the RSPCA of losing respect and becoming fringe animal activist group.
Mark Coulton said the reputation of the animal welfare organisation had diminished due to its involvement in the debate over live cattle exports.
"It is a great disappointment to me that the RSPCA, with their alliance with Animals Australia, have gone from one of the great doyens of Australia, one of the great organisations that was beyond reproach, to have become a fringe animal activist group," he told reporters in Canberra today.
Mr Coulton said he was insulted by a campaign against him by the two animal welfare groups.
The MP has been critical of the government's decision to ban live exports to Indonesia following a public outcry over television footage showing the ill-treatment of cattle before slaughter.
The ban has since been lifted, subject to conditions.
Mr Coulton says he has been the subject of a "nasty" email campaign that he claims originated from the two organisations' websites.
He says as someone who cares for animals, he takes it as a personal affront.
"The RSPCA has certainly fallen a long way from the great organisation that they used to be."