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Feed leftover pumpkin to animals, urges RSPCA
Lots of animals love to eat pumpkin.

Public urged to give their carvings to garden wildlife

The RSPCA is urging people not to throw away their leftover pumpkin carvings but to give them to wildlife and other animals instead.

According to research by the charity Hubbub, an estimated 15 million pumpkins are carved by UK households every year and not eaten - the equivalent of a bowl of pumpkin soup for everyone in the country.

Many animals can also eat pumpkin, and the RSPCA is calling on anyone who has carved a pumpkin not to throw the carcass away, but to feed it to garden visitors.

"Lots of animals - including wildlife - love to eat pumpkin; so we’re urging people not to waste them but to feed them to the wildlife in their gardens or perhaps even to their pets,” said an RSPCA spokesperson.
 
"Squirrels, foxes, badgers and birds all enjoy them, so people could leave chopped up pumpkin outside in dishes for wild animals to eat if they choose. Wildlife can struggle to find food this time of year so some chunks of tasty pumpkin could be very welcome.”

The RSPCA advises that, once the spooky season is over, pumpkin carvers should ensure the fruit is appropriate to feed to animals.

“Before feeding leftover pumpkin to any animals, however, it's obviously important to remove tea light holders and any traces of candle wax,” the spokesperson added.
 
“It is always worth checking the inside flesh of the pumpkin too - to ensure it isn't mushy, mouldy, scorched or burned, as this may make it unsuitable for animals - although it would still make good compost!"

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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.