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Educate children on animal welfare, petition urges
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'I think that introducing these issues as an actual part of the curriculum is necessary, not just a mention during another subject.'
Teaching all children how to treat animals 'could reduce abuse'
A petition is urging the Department of Education to include animal welfare in the National Curriculum, in a bid to tackle the growing problem of animal abuse and neglect.

The petition on has so far received over 2,000 signatures.

Louise Craggs, who launched it, says she works in a veterinary environment and has met children who believe that animals cannot feel pain, or who hate cats and other species to the extent that they think it is acceptable to harm them.

While many circulating petitions are calling for tougher sentences on animal cruelty, Louise writes on 'Things are not changing'.

She is calling for animal welfare to be incorporated into the National Curriculum, to better educate children on how to care for animals.

'I believe that if we educate children from an early age how to treat animals and how important it is to care for their environment, then in years to come we will hopefully see a decline in animal cruelty and neglect.

'I think that introducing these issues as an actual part of the curriculum is necessary, not just a mention during another subject.'

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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Views sought on NOAH Compendium

Users of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Compendium app and website are being asked to share their views on how it can be improved.

In a new survey, users are asked about some suggested future developments, such as notifications for new and updated datasheets, sharing links to datasheets, and enhanced search functionality.

It comes after NOAH ceased publication of the NOAH Compendium book as part of its sustainability and environmental commitments. The website and the app will now be the main routes to access datasheets and view any changes.