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Hen charity starts work on first rehoming centre
BHWT founder, Jane Howorth MBE, celebrating the fact work has begun on the charity's new centre.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has begun work on its first hen welfare and education centre.

Located in north Devon, the 250 square metre building will comprise a state-of-the-art rehoming centre and fully equipped veterinary clinic.

One end of the centre will be used for rehoming, while the other will house a central coop for hens, with a walkway around the outside with one-way glass, to allow for demonstrations, whilst avoiding hens becoming overwhelmed.

There will also be a space for educational institutions, businesses, vets and other professionals to learn more about the charity’s work. The education team are putting together course material with a view to training veterinary students online and through instructional visits.

The project, affectionately termed ‘Project Vicky’, will welcome its first batch of rescued hens by the end of 2019. Vicky was among the first flock rehomed by the charity’s founder Jane Howorth MBE (pictured) in 1995.

Image © Guy Harrop

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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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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.