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Destructive effects of littering on wildlife displayed in new campaign
The campaign posters feature common excuses that people use to justify dropping litter.

Large businesses support Keep Britain Tidy and Defra to fight littering in England

A new ‘Keep it, Bin it’ campaign to tackle littering has been set-up by Keep Britain Tidy and Defra with support from big-name businesses including Mars Wrigley Confectionary, McDonalds, Greggs, Network Rail and PepsiCo UK.

The campaign will feature moving images of wildlife eating and becoming tangled in litter, along with captions exposing the typical excuses people tell themselves to justify their littering behaviour.

The RSPCA respond to 1,500 calls every year which relate to animals that have become trapped or harmed by litter. There is also a huge financial consequence to littering; £700m is spent annually by local governments keeping public areas clean.

According to Keep Britain Tidy, one in five people admit to dropping litter. In addition, a poll by YouGov revealed that one in four people admit to ‘careful’ littering; for instance, leaving cans on window ledges.

The campaign will be on display in nationwide train stations, social media channels, till-points at Greggs, Cineworld cinemas and on Clear Channel’s Socialite screens.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We know the impact that litter has on our environment, on wildlife and, ultimately, our oceans where 80% of the plastics found there come directly from the land.

“This campaign will raise awareness with those people who still think it is acceptable to leave their rubbish anywhere other than in a bin.

“The message is simple – Keep it. Bin it.”

Image (c) Keep Britain Tidy

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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New online guides provide advice for dog owners

A series of downloadable leaflets for dog owners have been produced by veterinary charity PetSavers in a bid to reduce the temptation to seek advice online.

The series entitled ‘My Dog’s Got’ offers practical information on an array of topics, including ‘My dog has dental disease,’ ‘My dog has itchy skin,’ and My dog has kidney disease.’

The new guides can be downloaded here. Printed versions of the new guides can be ordered by veterinary practices in exchange for a donation to PetSavers.