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Mars Petcare making significant progress towards fish sourcing goal
The WWF and Mars Petcare have renewed their global partnership until 2025.

Pet food company now sources 81 per cent of fish used from more sustainable sources.

Mars Petcare has announced that it is advancing towards its commitment to procure 100 per cent of fish for some of its pet food recipes from more sustainable sources.

In 2010, the company partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), setting the target of seeking 100 per cent sustainable sources of fish.

A new joint report from Mars Petcare and the WWF details the work that has been done over the past decade to achieve this goal. In this report, the company confirms that it now sources 81 per cent of fish used from more sustainable sources and it sources no endangered fish species.

The WWF and Mars Petcare have renewed their global partnership until 2025; Both to advance Mars' sourcing goals and to influence the fishing sector to move towards sustainability.

Mars Petcare states that it is working with organisations such as the Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Seafood Watch and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. As it continues to work towards its goal, the company will regularly evaluate where it sources its fish, the types of fish used, and practices across its supply chain.

Professor David Smith, chief marine scientist at Mars, Incorporated, said: “As we prepare for a future of more than 10 billion people and more pets, sustainable business practice which is led by science and cares about the planet and our oceans is essential.

“When we cemented the partnership with WWF over a decade ago, we were deeply aware that many fisheries around the world were on the verge of collapse and that several fish species were critically endangered and threatened by extinction.

“As we continue to play our part in supporting a future for ocean ecosystems, we are focused on sourcing from sustainably managed fisheries using no endangered species according to the IUCN Red List.”

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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

For more information, visit pageturnerawards.com 

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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