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Animal Welfare issues debated by MPs in Westminster Hall
DEFRA expressed their support for tackling puppy smuggling.
Key issues including puppy smuggling discussed

Tougher animal cruelty sentences, rescue centre regulations and the international movement of puppies was debated in Westminster Hall on 4 December 2018.

Led by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, a committed animal welfare advocate, many of the issues raised were welcomed by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Present at the debate was DEFRA minister David Rutley MP, who expressed his support for tackling illegal puppy smuggling and the exploitation of the current international Pet Travel Scheme.

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) composed a ‘Minimum Standards’ proposal in regard to the regulation of animal rescue centres. The proposal consists of a template for establishing best practice and protecting animal welfare.

The Government's commitment to five-year sentences for animal cruelty was restated by the minister, however Battersea were disappointed that a date for a new Bill is yet to be arranged.

Battersea have offered their support and assistance in matters raised during the debate in order to “help save animals from mistreatment in the future.

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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”