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Audible launches series of books for dogs

Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect
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Chatter box People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  Chatter box

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Equine News
Complexities of bird trade ‘underestimated’, report finds
Complexities of bird trade ‘underestimated’, report finds

Urgent action recommended to secure future for South American birds
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Scotland to introduce new legislation on fox hunting
Scotland to introduce new legislation on fox hunting

Change will limit the number of dogs to two
European birds identified as hosts of fatal Asian disease
European birds identified as hosts of fatal Asian disease

Study reveals species most likely to host flaviviruses
Fatal condition spreading through US deer
Fatal condition spreading through US deer

Disease comparable to BSE in cattle
Consultation ‘last chance’ to keep Minsmere safe
Consultation ‘last chance’ to keep Minsmere safe

RSPB calls on EDF to protect important wildlife site
Japan to resume commercial whaling
Japan to resume commercial whaling

Conservationists and politicians condemn the move
Ivory bill becomes UK law
Ivory bill becomes UK law

New bill bans the commercial use of ivory in the UK
Electrical fault cause of fire at Chester zoo
Electrical fault cause of fire at Chester zoo

Over £140,000 raised in donations from well-wishing public
Chester Zoo receives over £120,000 in donations following fire
Chester Zoo receives over £120,000 in donations following fire

Funds to be spent on conservation projects
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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”

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