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Dogs Trust calls for statutory levy on bookmakers
The number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

Charity responds to latest figures on greyhound injuries

Rehoming and adoption charity Dogs Trust has called for a statutory levy on bookmakers to contribute towards the welfare of greyhounds.

The call comes after figures from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) revealed that the number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

In a statement on its website, Dogs Trust hailed the report as ‘another step towards an open and honest greyhound industry’. But it stressed that the overall percentage of greyhounds passing away ‘is still too many’.

“We will continue to work with the industry via the Greyhound Forum to push for improvement to protect greyhound welfare both on and off the track as well as into their retirement,” the charity said.

“The need for additional funding is also paramount and we are calling for a statutory levy to require all bookmakers to contribute to the welfare of the greyhounds who are so critical to this industry.”

The report, The Greyhound Commitment - The First Year, revealed that out of 426,139 runs in 2018, there were 4,963 injuries. This is a racing injury rate of 1.16 per cent which is consistent with 2017.

In the same year, the number of greyhounds put to sleep trackside fell from 257 to 242.

The full report is available to view at www.gbgb.org.uk

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.