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RWAF releases rabbit-friendly practice list
Charity makes list available to public after high demand

The decision has been made by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) to make its rabbit-friendly vets list available to the general public.

Heavy demand from the general public via RWAF's helpline and online enquiry service has pushed the charity to publicise its list, which comprises rabbit-friendly practices across the UK.

The list was compiled by the association a few yeas ago, with relevant practices applying for inclusion, in order to point rabbit owners in the right direction.

RWAF is keen to see new practices added to the list and to ensure it is as up-to-date as possible. The publication will increase exposure for rabbit-friendly vets, which the RWAF hopes will enable participating practices to receive more long term rabbit-owning clients.

A spokesman for RWAF explained: "Because enquiries about rabbit-friendly vets come from such a range of locations in the UK, the RWAF needs to make the list as comprehensive as possible, so we are looking for practices who provide a good standard of rabbit care to be included."

To apply for inclusion, practices must be members of the RWA. The application includes a series of survey questions and practice membership costs £45 a year (tax deductible).

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”