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Chatter box The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  Chatter box

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Investigation reveals international dog fighting trade

BBC reveals how dogs are being traded across the world for brutal sport
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Owners urged to vaccinate rabbits after RHDV-2 outbreak
Owners urged to vaccinate rabbits after RHDV-2 outbreak

Six animals killed at an animal rescue centre in Lancashire
Dog walker uses CPR to save boxer’s life
Dog walker uses CPR to save boxer’s life

Travis resuscitated three times after his heart stopped during a walk
Charity reports rise in online pets coming through its doors
Charity reports rise in online pets coming through its doors

Public urged to do research and consider adopting a pet instead
Scheme to improve health of brachycephalic dogs
Scheme to improve health of brachycephalic dogs

Exercise tolerance test will grade pugs, bulldogs and French bulldogs
BVA survey seeks experiences of discrimination
BVA survey seeks experiences of discrimination

Data will be used to better understand current issues
Scotland launches consultation on animal cruelty sentencing
Scotland launches consultation on animal cruelty sentencing

Battersea welcomes move which could see prison sentences raised
Leonberger provided with Estimated Breeding Values
Leonberger provided with Estimated Breeding Values

Resource to help tackle hip and elbow dysplasia
50 dogs saved in Pembrokeshire rescue operation
50 dogs saved in Pembrokeshire rescue operation

Investigation to secure dogs’ health and welfare underway
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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”

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