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Princess Royal visits Moredun
The Princess Royal meeting guests
Visit highlights contribution of livestock to food production, biodiversity and environment

The Princess Royal was joined by over 100 guests on 21 October at Pentlands Science Park to hear about Moredun’s involvement in supporting the livestock industry and working in collaboration with partner organisations to help promote the wider benefits of livestock in sustainable food production, promoting biodiversity and minimising impact on the environment.

Set up by farmers for farmers, the Moredun Foundation is one of the largest livestock charities in the UK and governs the work of the world renowned Moredun Research Institute. The mission of the organisation is to improve the health and welfare of livestock through research and education.

The speakers at the event included Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association who was passionate in his support for sheep farming as something of which we we should all be proud; Dr Philip Skuce from Moredun discussed new research showing the importance of high health and welfare in livestock production systems to reduce impact on the environment and also the impact of climate change on disease risk; and Sarah Millar, head of industry development at Quality Meat, Scotland, discussed the nutritional and health benefits from meat and dairy products and the advantages of sustainable grassland and hill farming systems.

During the visit, The Princess Royal met guests – including a group of postgraduate students and early career scientists, along with those representing the farming industry, veterinary surveillance and the Equine Grass Sickness Fund. Before leaving, Her Royal Highness also participated in a tour of Moredun’s laboratories to speak first hand to the scientists about the latest research advances.
The guests also enjoyed taking part in a lively discussion forum on the subject of steering public opinion towards supporting UK livestock farming.

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.

 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.

 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit or contact the HSA office.