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Appeal to raise funds for rescued circus animals
Kimba is one of the three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International.

Three lions saved after Guatemala circus ban 

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has launched an appeal to raise funds for the rescue of circus animals in Guatemala.

The appeal comes in response to Guatemala’s ban on the use of circus animals, which came into force in April 2018. Circuses were given 12 months to relocate their animals, yet many animals remain, including monkeys, lions, tigers and pumas.

ADI has already rescued three lions - Sasha, Nena and Kimba - from one zoo and is now working with authorities to remove two lions and nine tigers from a second.  

The animals will be cared for in temporary units until ADI has completed the documents and permits needed to take them to their ‘forever homes’. This process could take many months, after which the lions will move to a sanctuary in South Africa whilst the tigers will relocate to various sanctuaries in the USA.

ADI said that money raised from the appeal will be used to build holding units and to feed, care for and treat the rescued animals until their relocation.

“Sasha, Nena, and Kimba will no longer suffer in the circus and a new life awaits them in Africa,” said ADI President Jan Creamer. “With many more animals in desperate need of our help, we need the support of the public to save them all.”

ADI has rescued hundreds of animals across the globe, including more than 60 lions and tigers from circuses in Latin America. The organisation is also providing food, care and veterianry treatment for animals afftected by the Fuego volcano eruption.

To make a donation towards the appeal, visit

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from