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Dogs Trust calls for Domestic Abuse Bill to include pets
Many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse. (Stock photo)
Perpetrators ‘use pets to maintain power and control’

The Dogs Trust is calling for pet abuse to be included in a new Domestic Abuse Bill when it returns to parliament.

Last week the Joint Committee published a report on the draft Bill, calling for it to be amended to give greater protection to domestic abuse victims, and well as tailoring the response to each individual’s differing needs.

The Dogs Trust welcomed the report but said it was disappointed that it did not mention pet abuse, which evidence has shown is linked to human abuse.

Through its work on the Freedom Project, which offers a fostering service for the dogs of those fleeing domestic abuse, the charity said it knows many perpetrators use a survivor’s pet as a means to maintain power and control.

In addition, many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse.

The Dogs Trust said it will continue to campaign for the bill to include perpetrators’ behaviour towards pets. 

 

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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BEVA survey seeks views about antibiotic use in horses

Equine vets are being invited to participate in a BEVA survey that aims to find out more about antimicrobial resistance in equine veterinary practice.

Designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and incoming BEVA president Tim Mair, the survey aims to fill gaps in knowledge about how antimicrobials are being used in equine practice and the landscape of resistant infections encountered in equine practice.

Researchers hope the results will lead to a greater understanding of the role of antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance in horses and protect antibiotics for the future of equine and human health.