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‘Shocking’ images captured from travelling dolphin shows
"It is unbelievable that they are hauled like baggage from place to place as part of a pitiful travelling show."

Government urged to ban ‘abusive’ shows in Indonesia 

The Indonesian Government is being urged to put an end to travelling dolphin shows, after new images and footage uncover “shocking” abuse and exploitation.

Reports of these shows prompted the Born Free Foundation to send environmental photojournalist, Aaron Gekoski, to document them.

Images show dolphins being made to perform ‘demeaning’ tricks in makeshift pools. These dolphins and other animals are said to be frequently packed up and shipped to different locations around the country.

Dr Chris Draper, head of animal welfare and captivity at Born Free, said: “These are exceptionally complex and sensitive animals, perfectly adapted for life in the ocean.

"It is unbelievable that they are hauled like baggage from place to place as part of a pitiful travelling show, apparently under permit from by the Indonesian authorities. 

“We are calling on the Government of Indonesia to put a stop to this once and for all, and to work with animal protection groups to find a long-term solution for the unfortunate animals who have been subjected to this abuse.”

Born Free is asking people to sign a letter to the government, urging them to ban these travelling shows. 

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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.”