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Live exports suspended after Ramsgate incident
NSA react after 45 sheep die at Ramsgate

All live exports have been suspended from Ramsgate Port until further notice, following an incident last week which saw 45 sheep die.

On Wednesday 12th September, 43 sheep were put down after a lorry was stopped at the port, and the animals found to be injured. The RSPCA found that none of the animals could reach the drinkers in the vehicle. In a separate incident, a loading area floor collapse while sheep were being taken off a lorry. Six sheep fell into the water but two drowned.

The following day, Thursday 13th September, Thanet council suspended all live exports from the port. The council said it would lift the ban following the construction of suitable facilities for the animals at the port.

Phil Stocker, Chief Executive of the National Sheep Association, said: "Our understanding is that this incidence could have been avoided if regulations and controls, which are effective in the majority of cases, were followed."

Agricultural minister David Heath has ordered an immediate review into the events at Ramsgate and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has been told to take a zero tolerance approach to enforcing and maintaining animal welfare. 

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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."