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Progress following strangles initiative
Redwings Sanctuary celebrates one year on
Redwings Sanctuary celebrates one year on

One year on, an initiative to inspire more people to speak out on strangles and take proactive steps to protect their horses has already seen over 710 horse owners and 145 yard managers across the UK confirm their support.

Last November, Redwings Horse Sanctuary launched an online ‘Pledge’ as part of its award-winning ‘Stamp Out Strangles’ campaign, urging horse owners and yard managers to make a voluntary commitment to champion biosecurity practices. It has already attracted support from yards, including Hartpury University & Hartpury College and Richmond Equestrian Centre.

The Pledge is part of the Stamp Out Strangles online hub – which was also launched a year ago – full of practical information, advice and resources for yard managers and horse owners, as well as having a dedicated section for vets and other equine professionals.

Since then, Redwings has continued to engage with the equestrian community throughout this year on this important issue.

In March, the charity co-sponsored a strangles symposium at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, which brought together researchers, veterinary professionals, farriers and equine welfare organisations, to discuss the better prevention and management of the disease.

This was followed in May with Redwings’ head of welfare & behaviour, Nic de Brauwere, and Andie Vilela joining the world’s leading scientists and vets at the Dorothy Havemeyer Foundation Workshop in Iceland to present on their experiences of strangles.

Then, in July, Redwings instigated a special day of action – ‘Speak Out On Strangles Day’ – which urged yards to host activities for their clients, such as horse temperature-taking sessions and revising protocols, to encourage more conversations about good biosecurity and to help tackle the perceived stigma surrounding the disease.

And the year isn’t finished yet! In December, Redwings will be organising a free veterinary seminar for horse owners in South Wales and plans are already underway to make Speak Out On Strangles Day even bigger next year.

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.