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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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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."