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Zoo Animals Fund now open for applications
Funding can be used to cover animal welfare related costs, as well as staffing and maintenance.

Zoos and aquariums affected by the pandemic to recieve £100m funding

The £100 million Zoo Animals Fund, announced on 27 June, is now open for applications. This fund will provide financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting today, licensed zoos and aquariums will be able to apply for government grants of up to £730,000 to help them provide care for their animals and carry out essential maintenance. The grants can be used to cover costs for veterinary care, medicines, and animal feed, as well as costs for staff providing animal care directly.

According to a statement from the government: “Grants will be awarded on the basis of need where zoos face a shortfall despite doing everything they can to reduce their costs and raise income.” Funding will also be awarded to zoos that need to downsize or close, to support rehoming costs.

Animal welfare minister Lord Goldsmith said: “It has been great to see zoos and aquariums welcoming people back again over the past six weeks, but I know what a challenging period this remains and hope the opening of the fund provides some much-needed relief.

“We’ll continue to work closely with the zoo community over the coming months and remain absolutely committed to ensuring that zoos and aquariums have the support they need to provide the best possible care for their animals.”

Chief secretary to the treasury Steve Barclay said: “We remain committed to giving [zoos and aquariums] the continuing support they need to look after their animals over this winter, which is why this fund, open for applications from today, will help zoos maintain their world-leading animal welfare standards.”

Applications for the Zoo Animals Fund will be accepted until 16 November 2020 and the fund itself will run until the end of March 2021.

Information on how to apply can be found here.

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

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More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.