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Equine charity granted special UN status
Brooke has worked with FAO since 2011, but is now a formally recognised partner.
Brooke will have more input into working equid policy  

Equine charity Brooke will have greater input into policy affecting working horses, donkeys and mules at UN level, after being granted specialised consultative status with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Brooke is the first equine charity to receive this status. Whilst it has worked with FAO since 2011, the charity is now a formally recognised partner.

In 2018 and beyond, Brooke will work more directly with the FAO, attending key meetings and conferences as experts on working equids. It will also submit suggestions to the director general, on programmes and policies that directly affect these animals and the communities that depend upon them.

The charity said its status offers a new way to put animal welfare on the global policy agenda, and strengthens its voice on working animals in UN agricultural and food security policy.

So far this year, Brooke has also rolled out the second version of its BrookeCheck tablet app to staff in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya.

The app was originally used to measure the animals’ emotional and physical wellbeing. Now, it can also monitor how people interact with the animals, as well as the work of local vets, farriers and other healthcare providers.

Additionally, it contains resources such as videos showing handling techniques, symptoms of common health issues and body condition illustrations. It can be used offline, which facilitates its use in remote locations.

So far, Brooke has completed nearly 30,000 welfare, owner and service assessments in the past year.

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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.”