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Dogs find illegal ivory 'within minutes'
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The dog team and their handlers are able to detect a range of illegal wildlife products, arms and ammunition. (stock photo)
Specially trained team celebrates first find in Tanzania
 
A pair of specially trained sniffer dogs have nabbed their first haul of illegal ivory, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports.

The dog team and their handlers from Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA) are able to detect a range of illegal wildlife products, arms and ammunition.

On 13 August, they were given instructions to carry out a late night house search in a village outside Tanzania's Ruaha National Park, after authorities received a report of illegal ivory being stored in a residence.

Within minutes of searching the compound outside the house, Belgian malinois dog Jenny found something hidden underneath a parked vehicle. Her keen sense of smell had led the team to four concealed tusks hidden in plastic. According to TANAPA officials, the tusks are small and presumed to be from young elephants that had not yet reached middle age.

One man has been taken into custody and is helping authorities with their enquiries.

WCS conservationists say the successful seizures and arrests are the result of two years' work, which involved building safe kennels, training dogs and handlers, ensuring the health of the dogs in Ruaha and equipping a specialist vehicle.

WCS project director Aaron Nicholas said: "This ivory bust shows what a powerful tool the detection dog unit is. It adds to the government's strategy to curb elephant poaching in Tanzania. Well done to the TANAPA handlers and staff and our four-legged front line friends."

Dr Tim Davenport, WCS country director in Tanzania, also warned: "This arrest is a very clear warning to those wanting to poach elephants in the Ruaha-Rungwa landscape. Jenny and Dexter are now on duty, and they will find you."

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."