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KFC commits to better chicken welfare
The Better Chicken Commitment requires suppliers to meet a set of six requirements for all chicken in the supply chain by 2026.
Fast-food chain signs Better Chicken Commitment 

KFC has become the first fast-food chain in the UK to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment, which lays out ambitious goals for improving animal welfare.

The Better Chicken Commitment requires suppliers to meet a set of six requirements for all chicken in the supply chain by 2026. It was created by a group of 28 international welfare organisations, including the RSPCA, Four Paws and World Animal Protection.

Requirements include providing more space; bringing in more natural features such as natural light, perches and pecking objects; and moving towards slower-growing breeds.

So far, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Nestlé and Knorr have also signed the commitment.

Paula MacKenzie, CEO of KFC UK & Ireland said: “Signing up to the European Chicken Commitment isn’t just a box-ticking exercise for us, we’re doing this because we truly believe it’s the right thing to do. Chicken is our business and we have a responsibility as ‘the’ chicken brand, to make sure that we are pushing improvement to chicken welfare standards across our supply chain.”

Commenting on the move, Claire Williams, campaign manager for the Better Chicken Commitment said: “We are now really pleased to have one of the UK’s largest fast-food chains, two of the country’s leading supermarkets and a number of other major brands on board. This is a great step for meat chickens and consumers. 

“We are hopeful that this move will give their competitors the wake-up call they need to realise that animal welfare cannot go on being ignored.”

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Cats Protection launches Christmas animation

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 Leading feline charity Cats Protection has launched a heartwarming Christmas animation to raise awareness of the important work it does. The animation is based on a true story of a kitten that went missing earlier this year. Freezing cold and hungry, the kitten was dumped in a box on a roadside and somehow became separated from her brother and sisters.

Thankfully there is a happy end to this tail, and Libby - now named Misty - was eventually reunited with her littermates. Misty’s owner, Amy Smith, said: “Misty has settled amazingly well into our home, she has found a best friend in my daughter Lily and likes to follow her around the house. She also loves to chase bugs in the garden. We feel very lucky to have her.” 

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.