Animal welfare groups condemn footage of performing bear

Apr 20, 2018

Circus bear claps to fans at Russian football game Video footage showing a bear performing for fans at a Russian football match has been condemned by animal welfare groups. In a YouTube clip, the bear can be seen handing over a football to the referee, before standing up on his hind legs and clapping. According to BBC Sport, the away side claims that the bear was going to be used in the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June. But the sport’s governing body, FIFA, has denied these allegations. Responding to the video footage, Peta director Elisa Allen said: “In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright dangerous. “The bear is the symbol of Russia, so we hope the country’s people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them. Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt.” Four Paws director Bria da Cal added: “While some supposedly find this... ...

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Labour Party would ban cage egg production if elected

Apr 16, 2018

The Labour Party would ban cage egg production on farms in the United Kingdom if it came to power. The commitment is amongst a number of policies outlined in what it says is a plan for radical action on animal welfare. Other policies include ending the badger cull – introduced in an attempt to tackle bovine TB – and banning live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening. Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman says she wants the UK to become a world leader on animal rights. All the major retailers in the United Kingdom, as well as a number of leading food service companies, have already committed to going cage-free by 2025. The move followed successful animal welfare campaigns run mainly on the internet. Particularly influential was a petition by schoolgirl Lucy Gavaghan from Sheffield. She initially aimed her campaign at Tesco. The petition went viral, with huge numbers of signatures, and Tesco eventually said it would stop selling cage eggs by 2025. Once Tesco committed to going cage-free,... ...

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Charity founder receives animal welfare award

Apr 16, 2018

Maria Pinto Teixeira founded Animals de Rua in Portugal   The founder of a Portuguese animal charity has received the iCatCare Welfare Award, which recognises 10 years of tireless work to improve the lives of cats and dogs in her home country. Maria Pinto Teixeira accepted the award at CEVA’s Animal Welfare Awards in Birmingham on 4 April. iCatCare said her hands-on welfare work, training, sharing of knowledge and influence on legislation made her ‘the obvious choice’. After beginning her career as a lawyer, Maria became concerned about the plight of unowned cat colonies in Portugal. She took it upon herself to seek out a humane solution to the problem, travelling to the UK and USA to learn how to carry out trap-neuter-return (TNR) work. She left her legal practice in 2008 and founded Animals de Rua in 2008. While the charity initially carried out TNR work in her hometown of Oporto, it has since grown into one of the most recognised and respected animal welfare organisations in the country. Animals... ...

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Ceva rewards animal lovers who go that extra mile

Apr 9, 2018

The winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018 have been revealerd at a glittering ceremony at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre after a record-breaking number of nominations. The awards were hosted by TV presenter and animal lover Matt Baker and retired veterinary surgeon Chris Laurence, who puts his name to the Vet of the Year Award. They recognise the achievements of people from the farming, veterinary and charity sectors, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world including veterinary and charity professionals, researchers and volunteers. The awards’ ceremony on Wednesday (April 4) in the run-up to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress saw praise bestowed on all the shortlisted nominees and winners across six categories. Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018 by category, are: Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award supported by Your Dog and Your Cat magazines – Richard Saunders, Veterinary Advisor to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) Welfare Nurse of the Year... ...

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RVN wins award for improving animal welfare in India

Mar 19, 2018

Charity founder receives RCVS International Award Veterinary nurse Rachel Wright, who founded the Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) in India, has received an International Award from the RCVS, recognising her work to improve animal welfare overseas. TOLFA is a veterinary hospital and animal shelter in Rajasthan, India. Since its inception 12 years ago, it has treated more than 155,000 sick or injured animals, sterilised more than 21,000 animals and rabies-vaccinated over 26,000 street dogs. In addition, the charity’s education projects have taught more than 5,600 children about dog bites and rabies prevention, as well as the importance of the ‘five freedoms’ for animals. The RCVS board “unanimously agreed” that Rachel should be a recipient of this year’s International Award. President Stephen May said: “Our International Awards really demonstrate that our work as veterinary health professionals does not stop at the borders of the UK and that sharing knowledge, skills, time and effort with our international colleagues improves the health and welfare of animals across the world. “The hospital that... ...

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Co-op bolsters welfare credentials by committing to 100 percent outdoor bred pork

Mar 19, 2018

The Co-op has announced it will sell all of its own-brand fresh pork from 100 percent outdoor pigs reared on RSPCA Assured farms. From July, the retailer will sell all of its own-brand fresh pork, bacon, sausage, gammon and ham, from outdoor reared pigs in a bid to bolster the retailer’s animal welfare credentials. It will mean that all pigs within its producer group will be born outdoors and raised in well-ventilated, spacious straw barns to strict RSPCA welfare standards on farms across the UK. By partnering with Tulip Ltd, the UK’s largest high-welfare pig producer, the Co-op has been able to establish an RSCPA Assured, outdoor-bred pork supply chain offering traceability from farm to fork in which pigs are able to express more natural behaviours. Defra Farming Minister George Eustice said there is “growing consumer interest” in food provenance and animal welfare. The announcement comes as the RSPCA suggests specially targeted farm subsidies which could improve animal welfare to meet the ambitions for the highest quality food standards post-Brexit.... ...

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BEVA wins prestigious welfare award

Dec 18, 2017

The BEVA Trust was presented with The British Horse Society Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare” from president Martin Clunes. The award was presented at The British Horse Society (BHS) annual awards ceremony, held at Saddlers’ Hall in London. The BEVA Trust – the association’s volunteering arm – was presented with The BHS Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare”. It was received by Julian Samuelson, BEVA Trust chairman, and Fiona Cunnington, BEVA Trust secretariat, from BHS president Martin Clunes. The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow members of the veterinary team to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare both locally and globally. Through the support of The BEVA Trust, volunteers have supported the BHS‘s health care campaign and have castrated 342 horses over the past two years. All this support has come in the form of vets, nurses, students and farriers volunteering their expertise for the day, and 729 horses have now attended the health care clinics.... ...

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