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NOAH launches manifesto for European elections
The AnimalhealthEurope Manifesto 2019 sets out six ways the EU can lead the way in protecting animal health.

Association aims to be at the forefront of animal welfare

The National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) has set out its vision for animal health, welfare and sustainability in its manifesto for the upcoming European elections.

The AnimalhealthEurope Manifesto 2019 sets out six ways the EU can lead the way in protecting animal health. This includes the ‘timely and science-based implementation of the new veterinary medicines’ and supporting the ‘European Medicines Agency in determining what range of medicines should be available'.

NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “NOAH is a member of AnimalHealthEurope and will remain so after the Brexit discussions are finalised – with Europe being the second largest animal medicines market in the world.

"We have high hopes and big ideas to contribute towards its future. NOAH’s vision is to be at the forefront of UK animal health and welfare.”

The Manifesto states that a safe and sustainable food supply chain is essential for feeding the growing UK population. ‘The animal health industry delivers the therapies and disease prevention tools to make this a reality,’ it notes.

Dawn said: “By protecting the health and welfare of animals we can improve the quality of life for both animals and people, whilst contributing to safe, affordable and sustainable food production.

“We safeguard public health by preventing disease outbreaks in animals and help prepare for emerging diseases, as well as those which are transferable from animals to people.”

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.