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Farmers urged to warn public about risk of feeding pigs
The NPA has issued a call to the Government to review its outdated feral pig plan.
NPA urges pig producers to put up signs around their premises

The National Pig Association (NPA) is urging farmers to warn the public about the risk of feeding pigs.

The call comes in response to the increasing risk of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the UK. The disease is currently spreading throughout Europe and has also been identified in China.

People feeding pigs infected meat, either deliberately or accidentally, is thought to be one of the most likely ways for ASF to reach pigs. It was also identified as the most likely cause of the 2000 swine fever outbreak.

To help spread the message, AHDB Pork has produced free signs designed to be displayed next to roads, lay-bys and public footpaths. These are available to request from comms@ahdb.org.uk

“We know there are many ways the ASF virus could get into the country, so it is absolutely critical that the pig industry takes all the precautions it can to keep it away from pigs,” said NPA chief executive Zoe Davis.

“We urge all producers, particularly those with units next to roads, lay-bys and public footpaths to put up the signs and send a clear message to the general public.”

Another likely way for ASF to enter the UK is through wild board eating contaminated meat either fed or discarded by the public. To help prevent this from happening, the AHDB has launched a social media campaign to #KeepWildBoarWild.

The campaign stresses that while feeding wild boar might seem helpful ‘it can be dangerous for their health and spread diseases that affect all pigs’. It cautions that boar soon become used to being fed and may then venture into local towns, wreaking havoc on the roads and raiding bins.

The NPA has issued a call to the Government to review its outdated feral pig plan and take more responsibility for the management of the UK’s increasing population of wild pigs. 

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.