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RSPCA welcomes new powers for live exports
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

Government urged to embrace opportunity for change 

The RSPCA has welcomed new powers granted to the UK that could lead to a ban on live animal exports.

In preparation for Brexit, the UK has been developing its animal welfare standards and, last week, powers were formally handed over to the UK’s devolved authorities - giving them the ability to set their own rules on animal transport.

The RSPCA says that it would like to see the government use these powers to ban live exports for slaughter or at least improve the conditions of animals during transport. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said that by setting our own regulations, we can ensure transport conditions for livestock far exceed those required under EU law.

“This is a landmark moment and may be viewed as a significant step in the UK’s journey to take back control of its own laws,” he said. “We would urge the Government to grab this opportunity now and make animals’ lives better.”

Among the measures the RSPCA would like to see implemented are more robust and transparent pre-journey veterinary checks to avoid transporting animals that are unfit to travel.
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”