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BSAVA Congress makes strides in reducing waste
BSAVA Congress has become the first veterinary conference to sign the Learning Without Landfill pledge.
Organisation is first to sign Learning Without Landfill pledge 

BSAVA Congress has become the first veterinary conference to sign the Learning Without Landfill pledge to reduce waste and encourage recycling.

Delegates at this year's event will have noticed a number of changes, including the absence of single use water bottles in lunch bags.

Learning Without Landfill, which launched at BSAVA Congress today (7 April), developed owing to concerns about the high levels of waste created during large events. It aims to communicate with the veterinary community, exhibitors and venues to reduce the environmental impact conferences can have.

According to BSAVA, it gave away 14,000 single-use plastic bottles during last year's event, but this year delegates received a free reusable bottle instead. Water fountains were also placed around the conference venue.

Head of congress Angharad Belcher said all water glasses used during the event were in fact made from eco-friendly, compostable Vegware. BSAVA worked with suppliers to ensure paper materials, carpets and even lanyards are recyclable this year.

In a further bid to reduce waste, all leftover food from lunch bags is being gifted to the Hope Centre in Birmingham.

Following the launch, delegates were invited to sign the pledge to help tackle waste and do one thing this year to make a difference.

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.