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BVNA confirms donation to British Hen Welfare Trust
BVNA President Sam Morgan pictured in 2015 with Gaynor Davies, head of operations at the BHWT.
Organisation thanks everyone involved

The BVNA has raised over £3,000 for its Chosen Charity of the Year, ‘The British Hen Welfare Trust’.

Confirming the news on its website, the BVNA said the donation is the sum of £3,552.18 and was collected through various BVNA events, including regional raffles, donations and competitions.

In May, BVNA president Sam Morgan braved a 120ft abseil from the Affinity Tower, Harlow, and a large duck and paper dog was auctioned-off at the Congress dinner dance.

Thanking everyone involved in helping to raise the money, the BVNA write:

'It will certainly help the British Hen Welfare Trust as they have just had a planning application to build the UK’s first dedicated welfare and education centre at their base in Devon’.

Now in its 11th year, The British Hen Welfare Trust was set up to educate the public about laying hen welfare. Best known for its re-homing initiative, the charity has found pet homes for over 547,000 commercial laying hens destined for slaughter since being established.

BVNA’s Chosen Charity for 2016-2017 is the Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund, which supports BVNA members and their families who are in need, hardship or distress.

The charity was founded in loving memory of Daphne Shipman - the chief steward for BVNA during Congress over many years - who sadly lost her battle with cancer in June 1999. 

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Campaign highlights ‘devastating impact’ of smoking around pets

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 Leading vet charity PDSA has launched a campaign highlighting the ‘devastating impact’ that smoking can have on pets. The launch coincides with National No Smoking Day (14 March 2018) and aims to raise awareness of the risks of passive smoking and how to keep pets safe.

“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets,” said PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan. “We want pet owners to realise that, if they smoke, their pets smoke too.”  

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AWF named charity of the year

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has been chosen as charity of the year by the Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA). AWF is a vet-led charity, supported by the BVA, which aims to improve animal welfare though research funding, supporting veterinary education, providing pet care advice and encouraging debate on welfare issues.

VMA has pledged a range of support, including raising awareness and funds at their awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 March, as well as offering marketing support through VMA marketing workshops.