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Defra confirm funding withdrawal for NED
The National Equine Database will close in September

It has been confirmed by Defra that funding for the National Equine Database (NED) will be discontinued and the system will be closed down at the end of September this year.

NED manages data from passport issuing organisations on behalf of the Government. The NED Online public website has been live since 2008 and an increasing number of users visit the site every day to search for horses, check passports and to report horses as lost, stolen and recovered.

Earlier in the year a tendering process for a new central equine database was initiated by the Government and companies were invited to submit bids. However, Defra decided that on the basis of a cost benefit analysis of the bids submitted in conjunction with the benefits of and need for a central system, the contract would not be awarded to any of the bidders and that no new central, Defra funded database would exist.

BEF’s Chief Executive, Andrew Finding, said: “Given the challenges of public expenditure we understand Defra’s decision, it is sad that they have decided not to continue to fund NED Ltd. We welcome their commitment to maintain and strengthen the requirements for Passport Issuing Organisations and address the serious issues of abandoned and fly-grazed horses and the introduction of additional measures to improve the quality and robustness of passports to protect the human food chain.”

As funding will be ceased and revenue generated by public use of the site is not enough to support the system, the services provided will be withdrawn from the 30th September.

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Zoo announces birth of Western lowland gorilla

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 A critically-endangered Western lowland gorilla has been born at London Zoo, the Zoological Society of London have announced.

Mum Effie (22) gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours of Wednesday, 25 November. Classed as critically endangered in the wild, Western lowland gorillas are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.

Keepers say that they will leave Effie to bond with the infant, and allow the rest of the troop to familiarise themselves with the new arrival. Image (C) Glynn Hennessy/ZSL 

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. The move follows intense lobbying and protests to address falling milk prices, which have placed huge financial burdens on UK dairy farmers.