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Spotlight on hunting trophies
The markhor, with its characteristic screw horns, is a species often hunted
Consultation and call for evidence launched

A consultation, together with a call for evidence, has been launched by the Government to allow ministers to understand the public’s views on all sides of the hunting trophy debate and gather expert evidence to inform any next steps – including a potential ban.

The 12-week consultation will close on 25 January 2020.

The four main options under review are:
  1. a ban on the import and export of hunting trophies from certain species
  2. stricter requirements to demonstrate clear benefits to conservation and local communities before hunting trophies from certain species are permitted to enter or leave the UK
  3. a ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK
  4. continuing to apply current controls based on internationally agreed rules.
Launching the consultation, international environment minister, Zac Goldsmith, said: “The UK is a nation of animal lovers, and there is a great strength of feeling around the issue of trophy hunting. I’m pleased we are able to launch this consultation today to address the import and export of hunting trophies.

“There are a number of controls already in place… The UK Government will not issue an import permit for a trophy unless the importer can show there has been no detrimental impact on the endangered species and the trophy has been obtained from a sustainable hunting operation.”

All applications for import permits for trophies are individually scrutinised by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) – as the UK’s CITES Scientific Authority – to determine there has been no detrimental impact on endangered species and the trophy has been obtained from a ‘sustainable’ hunting operation.

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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.