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House Of Lords Approves Bill That Prevents UK From Importing Meat From Countries With Lower Welfare Standards

Thanks to campaigning from well-known animal charities such as the RSPCA, tens of thousands of people ended up signing a petition intended to stop lower animal welfare imports from entering the UK. 

And now the House of Lords has voted to add a new section into the Agriculture Bill which says that the UK Government must not sign trade agreements which undermine our strict animal welfare standards by allowing lower welfare products into the UK. 

Animal welfare charities are now hoping that when the Bill is passed back to the House of Commons that MPs will now keep the section. 

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said:

‘Despite the Government repeatedly saying that this is their position too, they’ll ask MPs to vote against this. We must keep the Bill as it stands”. 

Most of the news coverage relating to the Bill has focused on the imports of heavily chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef cattle. 

Various campaign groups have said that there is not enough evidence to prove that ingesting meats which have been washed with chlorine and which have been injected with artificial hormones does not adversely affect the human body. 

And now the RSPCA has pointed out that what is also of significant concern, is the farming systems which these animals are raised and slaughtered in. 

Countries such as the US have far lower standards than the UK and have lower welfare systems that are actually banned in the UK. 

These include barren battery cages for hens and sow stalls for pigs which severely compromise animal welfare standards. 

A spokesperson for the RSPCA added:

“It’s vital that the UK government safeguards our animal welfare standards in future trade deals, we cannot risk lower welfare, cheaper-to-produce products entering the UK market.

“This could mean a race to the bottom for animal welfare and undercutting farmers in the UK at a time when we should be striving for properly funded, higher animal welfare practices which go beyond legal requirements.

“And, it’s not just about the USA, many other countries we’ll be negotiating with will have lower standards than the UK too”.

Man Sculpts ‘F**k You’ On Dogs Back To Convince People To Social Distance

Encouraging people to keep two metres away from you can be hard work. After all, you are probably not going to keep saying to randoms that they have infiltrated your two-metre bubble. Otherwise, you would probably end up in some sort of argument at least 50 times a day. 

This is one of the reasons why wearing a face covering is so important. A face covering can give you some defence against the virus, and some protection is undoubtedly better than no defence at all, right? 

And then when you combine the fact that you are wearing your face covering with the fact that you are continually using hand sanitiser gel then, hopefully, your chances of getting the virus will be reduced. 

But what if people still invade your personal space? How can you get across your message in an effective passive-aggressive way that leaves the person who is invading your personal space in little doubt as to how you feel? 

This dog owner clearly wants people to stay away.

Well, one dog owner has put a no-nonsense message on their dogs back, which leaves people in little doubt as to what they should be doing when the dog owner (and his dog) are around. 

The words ‘f**k u’ should convey to the general public that this person really does not want anyone near him. But you will probably need some great barbering skills and a decent set of clippers in order to replicate this public service announcement.

Meet ‘Jonathan’ The 188-Year-Old Tortoise

‘Jonathan’ is the worlds oldest known living land animal and was born three years before Charles Darwin met the massive tortoises that inspired his now-famous theory of evolution. 

He currently lives on the Island of St Helena which is a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. 

Jonathan was taken to the idyllic island in 1882 and has enjoyed 138 years of living on the island, munching on the various lush greenery that can be found there.

Although nearly two centuries old, other tortoises have lived longer. 

The all-time verified Guinness World Record holder for the worlds oldest tortoise is Tu’i Malila. She died in Tonga in 1965 at the tender age of 189. 

Another tortoise, ‘Awdwaita’, was an Aldabra giant tortoise that died in 2006 and was believed to be 255 years old – although this has not been officially confirmed. 

‘Awdwaita’ lived in India until he passed away of old age. Meanwhile, other than cataracts and losing his sense of smell, ‘young’ Jonathan is said to be doing well. 

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Your Dog Probably Prefers Reggae Music To Other Music Genres

Did you know that most dogs tend to prefer reggae music to most other genres according to some research that was done by people who research stuff. 

The Scottish SPCA, along with the University of Glasgow, recently published a paper that suggested most dogs prefer to chill out to the mellow tunes of reggae music. 

And who can blame them? 

For most people, reggae music can chill us out, which is an essential thing in today’s shaky society. 

Dogs at a rehoming centre in Dumbarton were played a variety of different tunes and then were assessed to see how the music affected their behaviour. 

Professor Neil Evans, who was in charge of the research, said that the majority of dogs which displayed positive behavioural traits after listening to music, had listened to some reggae. 

Next on the list was soft rock (there wasn’t any mention about the effects that grime or ‘happy hardcore’ music had on the four-legged volunteers). 

Talking about the results of his research, Prof Evans said: 

“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.”

So next time your dog starts biting your toes or the next time your dog tries to eat your sofa, then why not put on some laid back reggae beats?

Then you can sit back and watch in amazement as your dog rolls over and demands nothing more than a chilled out tummy rub. 

If you haven’t got any reggae compilations at home, then worry not as Amazon Music have a 30-day FREE trial going on at the moment! You can take advantage of the free trial by clicking HERE.

Service Dog Receives Coveted Military Award After Saving Numerous Lives During Firefight Despite Being Shot

During a dangerous operation in 2019, three-year-old Belgian Shepherd Malinois’ Kuno’ and his handler were deployed in support of specialist UK and host nation forces on a compound raid against a well-armed and aggressive enemy when they came under attack.

Pinned down by grenade and machine-gun fire from an insurgent, the assault force was unable to move without taking heavy casualties.

Without any hesitation, ‘Kuno’ charged through a hail of gunfire to tackle the gunman, breaking the deadlock and changing the course of the attack, 

‘Kuno’s’ bold actions allowed the mission to be completed successfully.

During the assault, ‘Kuno’ was wounded by bullets after being struck in both of his back legs. 

He was given life-saving treatment by his handler and by medics in the back of a helicopter.

His injuries were so severe he required several operations before he was stable enough to fly back to the UK. 

Sadly, part of one of Kuno’s rear paws had to be amputated to prevent life-threatening infection.

But now Kuno is thriving after becoming the first UK military working dog to be fitted with custom made prosthetic limbs.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“Without Kuno, the course of this operation could have been very different, and it’s clear he saved the lives of British personnel that day. 

“This particular raid was one of the most significant achievements against Al Qaeda in several years.

“Kuno’s story reminds us not only of the dedicated service of our soldiers and military dogs but also the great care that the UK Armed Forces provide to the animals that serve alongside them.

Kuno underwent extensive rehabilitation under the watchful eye of British Army vets and is fitted with prosthetics that allow him to run and play.

Kuno returned home aboard an RAF plane, receiving in-flight care from a Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) team. 

Back in the UK, he was transferred to the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray where he underwent extensive reconstructive surgery, overseen by Professor Dick White, one of the world’s leading specialists in canine surgery.

Under the meticulous care of Army vets, veterinary nurses and canine physiotherapists, assisted by staff from the University of Nottingham, Kuno then embarked upon an innovative and lengthy programme of rehabilitation to restore function to his nerves and muscles, just like injured service personnel.

Kuno was a friendly and enthusiastic patient throughout; he loves human interaction and especially enjoyed his sessions on the hydrotherapy treadmill.

Within months, he was strong enough to be fitted with a pioneering custom-made prosthesis to replace his missing paw, alongside an orthotic brace to support his injured limb.

Kuno, who was on his second deployment when he was injured, is the first UK military dog to be fitted with such devices. 

Lightweight and fully bespoke, they enable him to run and jump as he wishes, securing an excellent quality of life for many years to come.

Colonel Neil Smith QHVS, the Chief Veterinary and Remount Officer said

“It is important that Military Working Dogs receive a high level of care if they are unfortunately injured, and Defence has military vets and vet nurses to ensure animals receive the care and rehabilitation they deserve. 

“Kuno is an amazing dog in many ways, and we are delighted that the PDSA have decided to award him their Dickin Medal”.

Now retired and rehomed, Kuno will receive the PDSA Dickin Medal, the highest animal honour in existence for military animal valour, which will be formally presented by PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity who run the world’s most prestigious animal awards programme, in a virtual ceremony in November.

PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said:

“Kuno’s heroic actions undoubtedly changed the course of the mission and saved lives. 

“He took on the enemy without fear or hesitation, never faltering from his duty despite being seriously injured.

“For his bravery and devotion to duty, he is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal and we look forward to formally presenting his award later this year”.

The world-renowned PDSA Dickin Medal was introduced by PDSA’s founder, Maria Dickin CBE, in 1943. 

It is the highest award any animal can achieve while serving in military conflict. 

Kuno will become the 72nd recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal; previous recipients include 34 dogs, 32 World War II messenger pigeons, four horses and one cat.

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Hero Pit Bull Saves Owner From Being Strangled By Intruder

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a 60-year-old woman in North Parramatta, Australia, after he allegedly tried to strangle her before her pitbull stepped in, saving her life.

Police were called to Iron Street just after 4 am on Sunday 23rd August after the woman woke up to find a masked intruder inside her home.

Police allege that Peni Naiserelagi, 34, assaulted the woman, Susan Bandera, and tried to strangle her.

However, hearing the commotion and wanting to protect her owner from the masked intruder, the pit bull ran into the room and attacked the man, causing him serious injuries. 

As the dog was attacking the intruder, the victim was able to run into her bathroom and hide as she raised the alarm. 

Her attacker then fled the scene. 

Police immediately launched an investigation and arrested Mr Naiserelagi, who is known to the woman, at home on Victoria Rd in Parramatta about 10 pm on the same day.

Naiserelagi was taken to Parramatta police station where he was charged with various offences, including attempted murder. 

The man was refused bail and to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Monday. 

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‘Tears Of Joy’ For Hero NHS Nurse Reunited With Her Cat Three Years After It Went Missing

A hero NHS nurse from Northfield, Birmingham, was recently reunited with her beloved cat, Oliver, nearly three years after he went missing.

35-year-old Francesca, burst into tears of joy when she received the call from the PDSA to say that ‘Oliver’ had been found safe-and-well over three years after he went AWOL.

Oliver’s microchip confirmed the identity of the 11-year-old black cat who was last seen back in August 2017.

The heart-warming news came at a welcome time for Francesca, who has been working as a nurse at a Birmingham NHS Trust during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver was found by a resident who called the Oldbury PDSA Pet Hospital, which is running an emergency service during the coronavirus pandemic. 

PDSA officials arranged an appointment for the cat to be checked over by their dedicated in-house veterinary team. 

Thankfully, Oliver had been microchipped, and his details were up-to-date, so the PDSA was able to trace him back to his overjoyed owners.

Francesca said: 

“When he went missing back in 2017, me and my family, especially my daughter, who was just four at the time, were heartbroken. We put missing posters up locally and contacted all the local rehoming centres and vets but sadly heard nothing, eventually, we lost hope of ever seeing him again.

“When I received the call from PDSA I was in the office at the hospital, I burst into tears surrounded by my colleagues – I couldn’t believe it was true!

“We brought him home and even Dave, our longstanding dog, remembers him! His ears prick up when he hears Oliver’s name, and he lies outside the room he sleeps in overnight!

“It really was the best news – just what we needed during this challenging time.”

PDSA Vet Nurse Lisa Williams said: 

“Oliver’s story highlights the importance of microchipping and keeping your details up to date, as it would have been impossible to find his owner without this. 

“While it’s a legal requirement to microchip dogs, it often gets overlooked when it comes to cats. And it’s really important to keep your pet’s microchip details up to date if you move house or get a new phone number so you can be reunited if your pet were to go missing.”

A 2019 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report showed that over one in twelve cat owners had changed their contact details but not updated this information with the microchip company. 

This means around 870,000 microchipped cats in the UK have old, outdated information linked to their microchips. 

If a cat’s microchip is scanned and the information is incorrect, it can be impossible for a cat to be reunited with their owner.

In response, the PDSA is urging owners to make sure their cat’s microchip details are up-to-date to avoid the heartbreak should they ever go missing.

Francesca concluded: 

“Oliver is getting used to life back at home. We have no idea where he’s spent the last few years but we’re glad he’s healthy and finally back with us. It’s a real miracle he’s home after all this time!”

PDSA’s veterinary care – which is a lifeline to so many owners across the UK – costs £60 million a year to run. But with retail shops closed and fundraising events cancelled, the charity is losing around £3 million a month in income.

And with the country plunged into financial uncertainly, and more than a million new Universal Credit claims, PDSA expects the number of pets needing care will increase by around 50,000.

Please help today by donating to ensure much-loved pets have a tomorrow.

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Dog Walkers Urged To Be Vigilant After ‘Scumbag’ Hides Fishing Hooks In Sausages

Dog walkers in Knightswood have been urged to be vigilant after an eagle-eyed walker spotted some cooked sausages which had been laced with fishing hooks. 

It is thought that the nasty individual who left the sausages was hoping that a dog would find them and then be maimed in the process of eating them. 

In a post shared on twitter, the good samaritan said:

‘Knightswood this morning…guy spotted throwing something onto the ground and hurrying away…Police Scotland have been notified!

‘All dog/animal owners be vigilant please’. 

Twitter users were quick to condemn the actions of the coward who clearly was intent on causing the maximum amount of pain and discomfort to whichever poor animal happened to find the burnt sausages. 

One twitter use called the person who left the trap a ‘scumbag’. 

Another added:

‘Someone has sat down, thought about this and taken the time to manufacture something that would cause the maximum pain and heartache! 

‘What state of mind must they be in? 

‘Need to be found, I hope the police have been informed?’

Meanwhile, another Twitter user added:

‘Hope to read of a report tomorrow….. “Guy followed home and set about by dog and owner, left in stairwell soaked in their own pish and shite”……’

Hopefully, now the message is getting out there, then no dog (or other animals) will suffer what could be an excruciating and prolonged death after eating one of these sausages.

There are some truly evil people out there, that’s for sure.

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Police Rescue Sad Looking ‘Bear’ Dumped On A Busy Road

Have you ever been driving along on a busy road and thought that you had just spotted what appeared to be some sort of non-native animal? 

For example, a lion, a cheetah or even maybe a bear? 

Motorists in Essex this afternoon had just that experience when they noticed a ‘bear’ sat stationary in the middle of the road. 

Essex Police received numerous calls from concerned motorists who were quite clearly worried about the condition of the ‘bear’ and the distraction that it might cause to other motorists. 

Thankfully, Essex Polices’ Roads Policing Unit was nearby and on hand to rescue the troubled bear from the middle of the road, and now they are trying to trace its keeper. 

In a post shared on Twitter, a spokesperson for the unit said: 

‘Numerous calls for this poor bear left stranded in the middle of the A13. 

‘We have rescued him with minor injuries to his face. Who does he belong to? 

‘#WhatIsHisName’.

Somebody somewhere is missing their bear. And, by the looks of it, this bear is missing his/her human family..,

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If You Leave Your Dog In A Hot Car Then You Are An Idiot

Here at our social media monitoring HQ, we are seeing loads of posts being shared, reminding dog owners not to leave their beloved pet in a hot baking car. 

And we also see tweets from some police social media accounts which point out that you will probably come back to your car to find that your windows have been smashed if you are silly enough to leave your dog locked up in this heat. 

But surely, if you have to be reminded not to leave your dog in what would effectively be an oven, then you do not deserve to own a dog in the first place? 

Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that the last thing a dog needs is to be locked in a hot vehicle in the middle of summer. Not just a dog, but any animal that you just happen to have in your car.

Would you like it if someone did it to you?! Of course, you wouldn’t. 

If your dog gets hot and you aren’t lucky enough to have a cooling vest with you that is made specifically for dogs, then take your dog home and give it some water. 

Don’t leave the dog locked in your car with your windows done up because it will probably die! 

I am always on the lookout for dogs which have been locked inside someone’s vehicle during the summer months because I know that the law will **probably** be on my side if I have to smash a car window to save a dog’s life. 

Of course, if you do see an animal in distress then you must always call the police via their non-emergency number or the RSPCA before taking any action yourself. 

But if the police/RSPCA are busy, then I, for one, would not stand by and watch a dog suffer. Would you? Let us know in the comments below!

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