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‘Bat manicures’ help to save rare species

ZSL uses unusual method to mark threatened bats in Cuba
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Chatter box Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk.  Chatter box

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Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones
Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones

Team removed stones without having to cut through the shell
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Labour announces plans to ban pet primates
Labour announces plans to ban pet primates

Measure forms part of party’s new Animal Welfare Manifesto
Microchip reminder after giant tortoise found wandering through field 
Microchip reminder after giant tortoise found wandering through field 

Finder hauled the enormous animal home in a wheelbarrow
Odours ‘can evoke positive emotions’ in rats
Odours ‘can evoke positive emotions’ in rats

Research finds rats can learn to link smells with positive experiences
Vigilance urged following reports of Seoul virus
Vigilance urged following reports of Seoul virus

Disease identified at pig farms in northern England








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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."

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