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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees
Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role.
Professionals with production animal experience invited to apply

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is seeking two new trustees to help drive its mission to improve animal welfare through education, science and debate.

Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role. Successful applicants will be expected to attend two meetings a year during their three-year term, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in Westminster.

Trustees are also encouraged to engage with at least one of AWF’s subcommittees focusing on specific areas of the charity’s activity, such as public education and grant making.

“Being an AWF Trustee gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on a wide range of welfare issues facing a variety of species rather than just those in your area of expertise,” said AWF Trustee Nicola Martin. “I enjoy discussing and debating issues, sharing my views and understanding those of others, as well as having the chance to shape the future of this great charity.”

Simon Doherty, BVA junior vice president and AWF Trustee added: “As a vet with a long-standing interest in research that provides an evidence base for animal welfare policy decisions, my involvement with AWF has given me the opportunity to promote research not only within my specialist fields of livestock and aquaculture but also learn more about welfare research in the companion animal sector.

“AWF does excellent work in engaging members of the public and the profession with crucial animal welfare topics, so I’d urge my colleagues to apply as Trustees to help direct the charity’s work in the future.”
 
The AWF funds research, supports veterinary education, provides advice on pet care and encourages debate on animal welfare. Trustees are responsible for promoting the charity’s mission, providing strategic direction and safeguarding AWF’s brand and reputation.

Applications are open until 9 am on 20 August 2018. For more details and information on how to apply, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.