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British Horse Council issues manifesto for general election
The manifesto summarises key priorities in the sector which would benefit from government support.

Parliamentary candidates urged to recognise scope of equine sector

The British Horse Council (BHC) has released a new manifesto outlining the importance of the British horse sector to the 2019 election.

Representing the collective voice of the horse world, the BHC reminds parliamentary candidates of the scale of the equine sector, consisting of around 4.4m potential voters, made up of 1.3m people who ride regularly and 3.1m who would like to ride again. This sector is also the second largest rural employer after agriculture; contributing an estimated £8bn pounds to the UK economy.

The manifesto summarises key priorities in the sector which would benefit from government support. These include:

  • The promotion of riding as great physical activity
  • Protecting against infectious diseases
  • Ensuring the continued availability of veterinary medicines
  • Licensing equine sanctuaries and rehoming centres
  • Encouraging the growth of the British horse industry and protecting those who work within it

In regards to any future arrangements with the EU, the manifesto asks candidates to recognise the skilled labour needs of the sector and ensure the smooth movement of horses with high health status.

Chair of the BHC David Mountford said: “Our manifesto is a punchy summary of the areas that are of vital importance to us within the equine sector. We aim to make as many people as possible aware of the scope of our industry, the horse’s contribution to society and the things we would like newly elected parliamentarians to focus on when they first step into office.”

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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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.