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Celebrities back government's 'Petfished' campaign
Vets are dealing with ongoing cases where owners have been sold sick puppies and kittens by unscrupulous dealers.
Open letter calls on potential pet owners to thoroughly research sellers.

Battersea ambassador Paul O'Grady and television presenter Amanda Holden are among the signatories of an open letter calling on the public to thoroughly research sellers online before buying a new pet.

The letter, also signed by the UK's chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss, forms part of the UK government's Petfished campaign, which aims to educate the public on the illegal pet trade and help them spot ‘red flags’ when buying a new pet.

The warning follows the continued demand for pets since the easing of lockdown, with online marketplace Preloved reporting that the number of pet listings has increased by nearly 50 per cent since March. The website is anticipating a further boom in adverts throughout the summer.

The BSAVA has advised that vets are dealing with ongoing cases where owners have been sold sick puppies and kittens by unscrupulous dealers as a result of new owners not researching sellers before buying their new pet.

CVO Christine Middlemiss said: “Prospective pet owners must beware of sinister sellers out there who breed animals purely for profit with zero concern for their welfare.

“The devastating consequences include crippling vet bills and, in the worst cases, animals having to be put down. It’s vitally important that people not only research the breed of animal they want but also the person selling it to them.”

The letter is supported by animal charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Dogs Trust and the RSPCA.

Animal welfare minister Zac Goldsmith said that it is 'more important than ever' that buyers do their research and ensure they go to a reputable seller.

“Following the introduction of Lucy’s Law earlier this year, everyone must now buy directly from breeders or consider adopting from rescue centres,” he said. “So please look out for the warning signs and report any suspicious activity.”

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Face covering rules expanded

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 New rules came into force in England on Saturday (8 August) making it mandatory for clients to wear a face covering in veterinary practices.

The rules, which also apply to cinemas, museums and places of worship, follow a recent spike in coronavirus cases. All clients in England must now wear a face covering when inside a veterinary practice unless they are exempt for age, health or equality reasons. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."