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Kennel Club welcomes decision to simplify dog walking restrictions in Cornwall
The new rules increase access to essential walking sites for dogs.

Decision follows public consultation 

The Kennel Club has expressed support for Cornwall Council’s recent decision to amend dog walking restrictions on Cornwall’s beaches, following a broad consultation.

Currently, Cornwall Council has 48 Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place which limit when dogs are allowed on beaches, but the restrictions vary considerably.

As current protection orders are set to expire this year, the council held a public consultation last summer asking people to share their thoughts and opinions on the restrictions, as well as what changes they would like to see, if any.

Following this consultation, the council decided that restrictions will only be in place in July and August, expect on Blue Flag beaches. These new rules reduce confusion for residents and visitors and increase access to essential walking sites for dogs.

Head of public affairs at the Kennel Club Holly Conway said: “We commend Cornwall Council for this refreshing example of a PSPO that takes into account the importance of beach access for dog owners to provide their dogs with the exercise and stimulation they need.

“We wish to thank all of the dog lovers who responded to the petition, making it the council’s largest ever consultation response with over 13,000 replies. As ever, impassioned responses like this from the dog owning community are crucial in ensuring that proposed PSPOs are sensitive to the unique needs of the dog owning community.”

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.