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Charity launches ‘look before you lock’ campaign
Wispa disappeared for 20 days and was found in her neighbour's garage.

Public urged to check outbuildings for missing moggies

A campaign calling on people to check their sheds and garages before locking them has been launched by Cats Protection.

The Look Before You Lock campaign comes in response to a rise in missing cat reports during the last month. Cats Protection said that its information line handled around 250 calls in July, a 60 per cent increase on the monthly average.

Behavioural manager Nicky Trevorrow attributed the rise to the recent spell of hot weather.

“The tendency for cats to wander further away from home when the weather is warm explains why there has been an increase in reports of missing cats during this recent heat wave,” she said.
“They are notoriously curious creatures that like to investigate their surroundings and unfortunately this can result in them getting trapped in outbuildings. And because cats won’t always meow for attention if they are afraid, the risk is they go unnoticed so we’re asking people to have a really good check before locking up, particularly if you are aware of any cats missing in your area.”

Owner Molly Rayment from St Alban knows all-too-well the heartbreak a missing pet can cause. When her cat Wispa disappeared in May she feared the worst, as it was very unlike the moggy to be gone for more than a few hours.

Molly searched the local area, posted on social media, contacted vets and charities, but to no avail. After 20 days, however, she received a call from one of her neighbours to say they had found a cat in their garage.

Molly rushed over and, as soon as she opened the garage door, knew it was Wispa inside. She was shocked by the terrible state she was in.

“She was desperately dirty and thin. I think she must have been living off of rainwater that had leaked in and maybe some insects or mice,” she said.

A trip to the vets revealed that Wispa weighed just 1.9kg - 2kg less than her normal healthy weight - and the vet said she wouldn't have survived another couple of days. Thankfully, she is now on the road to recovery and enjoying lots of fuss and cuddles.

For more information about Cats Protection's Look Before Your Lock campaign, including a downloadable door hanger, visit

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.

 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.

 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit or contact the HSA office.