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New campaign urges public not to buy pets on impulse
Luna was sold illegally online when she was just six weeks old and suffering from sarcoptic mange.
Pets bought online ending up in rescue centres, charity warns 

Mayhew animal welfare charity has launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the number of pets ending up in rescue centres after being bought online.

Through its ‘I am NOT an Impulse Buy’ campaign, the charity is urging potential owners to be responsible and consider adopting from a rescue centre who can provide advice.

The charity recently helped a tiny six-week-old puppy that was illegally sold through a buy and sell website. The seller arranged to hand over the Jack Russell pup, named Luna, in a car park but as soon as her owners got her home they noticed she was constantly scratching and had severe diarrhoea.

After taking her to the local veterinary surgery, however, Luna’s new owners could not afford diagnostic tests so the puppy was taken to Mayhew.

Vets at the charity’s community vet clinic diagnosed Luna with the highly contagious skin disease, sarcoptic mange, which is zoonotic. Luna was treated with a topical drug to kill the mites and antibiotics for a secondary bacterial skin infection. She has since been neutered, vaccinated and rehomed.

Mayhew has collaborated with Ravensbourne University on its campaign video.

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360º Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.