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Labour calls for review of ‘driven’ grouse shooting
“There are viable alternatives to grouse shooting such as simulated shooting and wildlife tourism."

Review ‘should look at alternatives and environmental impacts’

The Labour Party has called for a review of ‘driven’ grouse shooting, to explore its economic and environmental impacts, and consider viable alternatives.

Labour’s shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman MP, called for the review on 12 August - known as the Glorious Twelfth - which marks the beginning of the four-month grouse shooting season.

Driven shooting is the most common mode of hunting grouse and involves a row of people (beaters) walking and pushing the grouse over a line of guns concealed in grouse butts.

Suggested alternatives include simulated shooting and wildlife tourism.

Sue Hayman said: “The costs of grouse shooting on our environment and wildlife needs to be to properly weighed up against the benefit of land owners profiting from shooting parties. For too long the Tories have bent the knee to land owners and it’s our environment and our people who pay the price.

“There are viable alternatives to grouse shooting such as simulated shooting and wildlife tourism. The time has come for a proper review into the practice.”
Labour’s call for a review will be included in its Animal Welfare Manifesto, to be launched at the end of August.

The British Association for Shooting & Conservation responded in a statement: ‘… The Labour review needs to hear from the people on the ground who maintain grouse moors with massive benefits for conservation and the environment.

'When they’ve heard the facts we expect Labour to support the massive economic benefits to marginal upland communities that grouse shooting delivers.’

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.