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Pets in running for national survivor award
Milo the Pomeranian was bred by cruel puppy farmers leaving him blind and almost paralysed.
Six finalists battled against the odds to make miraculous recoveries

A puppy farm victim left almost paralysed and a duck that survived a fox attack are among six ‘miracle pets’ in the running for the PDSA’s Pet Survivor of the Year award.

Entries were received from across the UK for the award, which pays recognition pets who have survived against the odds and made miraculous recoveries. The six finalists were selected by a judging panel including television presenter Michaela Strachan, vet and television presenter Judy Puddifoot and Love Island star Lady McDermott.

Michaela Strachan said: “All of these stories of survival against the odds are so heart-warming. Choosing just six finalists was really tough. The pets’ fight for life and their owners love, support and incredible devotion is truly remarkable.”
 
Judy Puddifoot added: “It was an honour to judge such amazing stories, many of whom went through extensive vet treatment following incredibly traumatic experiences. I wish I could’ve given all the pets a prize!”
 
The finalists include a dog who pulled through an aggressive type of spleen cancer, an elderly feline who developed septic peritonitis, and a fox terrier who suffered a ferocious attack by a larger dog. They also include Woody, a five-month-old kitten, who arrived home with a missing tail and deep slash to his abdomen.

PDSA veterinary nurse Nina Downing said: “All of this year’s finalists represent exactly what our Pet Survivor competition is all about. Their incredible stories show what an important place our pets hold within our families. Everyone involved with their care have demonstrated true devotion to help support these pets fight for their life.”

The public can vote for their favourite pet survivor and watch the pet’s inspiring stories at pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.

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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.