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Battersea announces new partnership with StreetVet
Left to Right: Peter Laurie (Battersea), Jade Statt and Sam Joseph (StreetVet), Shaun Opperman (Battersea) and Blue the Staffie.

Charity will provide operational and logistical support

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has announced a new partnership with StreetVet, a charity that provides free and accessible animal care, essential items and reassurance to homeless people and their pets.

As part of the new partnership, Battersea will provide StreetVet with operational and logistical support, including expert advice from its staff, clinical support, and kennel space for animals most in need. Battersea also plans to work with StreetVet on projects that will expand its reach, such as providing training to hostel staff to promote and facilitate hostels accepting dogs.

“I’m excited at the prospect of Battersea and StreetVet coming together for a partnership that aligns both organisations’ strategic values. Both of us care deeply about the welfare of dogs, particularly those most in need,” said Battersea’s deputy chief executive, Peter Laurie.

“StreetVet relies almost entirely on the support of a growing network of volunteers, including members of the Battersea clinic team, and is a great example of a volunteer-led organisation delivering significant impact on a wide geographical scale. By working together, we can increase our collective impact and help more animals in need.”

Since its inception in 2016, StreetVet has carried out almost 3,000 consultations to over 700 patients on the streets. Reliant on a team of more than 500 volunteers, the charity is present in 15 towns and cities across the UK, with two more planned to open soon.

"We are really excited about the official partnership between StreetVet and Battersea,"
said veterinary surgeon and co-founder of StreetVet, Sam Joseph. "As a small, growing charity, StreetVet will hugely benefit from the expertise, infrastructure and resources of one of the country's most loved and respected animal charities.

“This partnership will help StreetVet continue to provide free, accessible veterinary care to those most in need, while further increasing the impact that Battersea has on the welfare of dogs and cats across the UK."


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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 or contact the HSA office.