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Chief mouser Larry to remain at No. 10

Larry fans relieved as cabinet office confirms the cat will stay
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Chatter box Over 43,000 people have signed an online petition to make hedgehogs a protected species. Oliver Colvile MP, who launched the petition, has also received more than 3,000 paper signatures. But the petition closes in less than a month and it needs 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament.

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas and 50 per cent in rural areas since 2000. Mr Colvile said: "Their numbers are in serious decline and it is our responsibility and duty to help reverse that in any way we can." To sign the petition, visit: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121264  Chatter box

Equine News
Vet school research finds horse welfare needs 'not being met'
Vet school research finds horse welfare needs 'not being met'

'Vital insight' into four key areas outlined in report
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Researchers develop new horse behaviour software
Researchers develop new horse behaviour software

Technology may improve our communication with animals
Jockey receives two-year suspension
Jockey receives two-year suspension

FEI publishes decision on prohibited substance case
Human trial of Hendra vaccine comes to a close
Human trial of Hendra vaccine comes to a close

Chief health officer says there were no serious adverse effects
Pirbright identifies safe AHS vaccine
Pirbright identifies safe AHS vaccine

Scientists say modern vaccine could protect thousands of animals
Wearable tech for racehorses could reduce fatalities
Wearable tech for racehorses could reduce fatalities

Equimètre sensor may catch injuries like bucked shins
Some horses 'genetically vulnerable' to sarcoids
Some horses 'genetically vulnerable' to sarcoids

New research mirrors findings in human studies
Horse dealers and vet found guilty of fraud
Horse dealers and vet found guilty of fraud

Trio colluded in the sale of sick and dangerous horses
Two racehorses test positive for banned substance
Two racehorses test positive for banned substance

FEI reveals positive drugs tests conducted in Doha
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Outcomes of banned substances cases

Equestrian athlete Matthias Klausener and horse Dendros have been provisionally suspended by the FEI, after samples taken from Dendros tested positive for the banned substance Demecolcine at a competitive event in Somma Lombardo.

FEI also revealed the outcomes of two other cases. It has imposed a two-year suspension on Uruguayan athlete Fernanda Villar, after samples taken from the horse LG Muneerah tested positive for sedative Guanabenz.

A two-year suspension was imposed on Iranian athlete Mohammed Davoud Shekofti, after samples from the horse Sir de Diamant tested positive for banned substance Stanozol and its metabolite 16 Beta Hydroxy-Stanozol, and controlled medication substances Flunixin and Dexamethasone.

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