Bird flu confirmed in Herefordshire with new control zones BIRD flu has been confirmed in Herefordshire for a third time this winter, with a 10-kilometre surveillance zone set up to prevent it from spreading. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said all bird flu had been found at 69 sites since November.
A MYSTERY illness striking down dogs is concerning vets and pet owners. Dogs: Expert on protecting their paws from the snow Cases of bug - which causes vomiting and diarrhoea - were first reported on UK coastlines but have no moved inland. The British Veterinary Association warned that cases were “more widespread than usual”, and that the number of pets suffering from the sickness had “spiked” in the North East and Yorkshire.
Fishermen in Whitby are calling for financial support from the government to "save" the North East fleet amid a mystery over mass shellfish deaths. Crabs and lobsters are dying by the thousands due to an unknown cause. Fisherman have alleged it may be linked to the dredging of the River Tees and want an investigation and compensation.
AN Oldham MP has warned that the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill could ‘open the door’ to imported products such as hormone-fed beef and chlorine washed chicken. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Oldham MP and Shadow DEFRA Secretary Jim McMahon welcomed the second reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill but said more is needed to protect animal welfare across the world.
Yorkshire Water has responded over the mystery dog illness reports A mystery dog illness which is reported to have spread across the country from beaches into towns is still continuing to make pets sick with reports of dogs being sick consuming areas nationwide. Water pollution has been put forward by some as a possible cause after reports of dogs becoming ill after a walk along Leeds Hunslet canal, as well as many more across the region.
Charles Darley claims chair of trustees is not adhering to standards charity expects of public The chief executive of the UK’s largest cat protection charity has stepped down after a row over the welfare of 18 cats being kept in his colleague’s three-bedroom house. Concerned about cat welfare and the charity’s reputation, Charles Darley, 59, said Cats Protection should not support the chair of trustees, Linda Upson, in keeping the pets on welfare grounds.
Scientists in England will be able to run more field trials of gene-edited crops following a decision by Defra to relax the rules on gene editing. New legislation introduced in England will cut red tape for gene editing plant research, the first step towards what Defra says is “a more scientific and proportionate approach to the regulation of genetic technologies”.
Bathing waters in Arun District were rated 'good' and 'excellent' in a study released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Three of the six bathing spots in Arun were rated 'excellent' by the DEFRA study, with the remaining three rated good.
'At present no specific cause has been identified by the private vets involved in treating dogs affected' The government's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the specific cause of the reported illness which is leading to dogs falling sick has yet to be identified.
"It is gruesome and distressing" Farmers have watched helplessly as their flocks have been decimated by bird flu at breakneck speed, according to an NFU advisor. Andy Guy, who advises poultry farmers in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands, recalled a particularly harrowing case in the current avian influenza season in which just 100 birds out of 7,000 remained by the time it came to cull.
"Help us ban peat sales": Wildlife Trust urges Lancastrians to help end "destructive" practice on our doorstep
Lancashire Wildlife Trust is calling on residents to help end the "unnecessary and destructive" practice of selling peat. Defra has launched a long-awaited consultation into banning the retail sale of peat in horticulture in England and Wales, and Lancashire Wildlife Trust wants as many people to respond as possible.
A warning has been issued after dead birds found near a South Yorkshire lake were found to have avian influenza. The creatures found at Doncaster Lakeside in December tested positive for bird flu, the council said. It warned people not touch or pick up dead or sick birds and to avoid droppings in the town's parks and lakeside areas.
A town councillor expressed concerns The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has provided residents of Skegness assurance after some became concerned they would not be able to be buried next to their loved ones after they die. Skegness Town Council raised issues about the government's proposals to increase the minimum grave size to five metres squared and retain a one-metre minimum clearance between the base of a grave and the water table in a cemetery.
Next steps revealed for Bridgwater Tidal Barrier project NEXT steps have been taken to build a barrier to protect 13,000 homes and businesses from flooding. The £100m Bridgwater tidal barrier is one step closer to being built after a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) was approved.
New crops that have been gene-edited to be more nutritious and less environmentally harmful are at least five years away from being sold in England, according to one of the UK government’s leading scientists. Gideon Henderson, the chief scientific officer of the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), says there is no scientific basis for such food being blocked for sale.
Bird flu found at Powys border farm – latest Government update THE UK Government has issued an update on the raft of measures it threw around a Powys border farm where bird flu was found. Avian influenza, known more commonly as bird flu, was found at one of Corbett Farms' sites in Shobdon, around six miles from Presteigne, at the beginning of December.
Bathing water off Cowes improved to 'excellent' and off Gurnard it was 'good', according to data until September. The results come from a summer sampling regime, carried out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The government department monitors, through the Environment Agency, E-coli and other potential dangers in the water, but only between May 15 and September 30.
Walkers and local residents are being asked to avoid any bird droppings in the area after bird flu has been confirmed in dead birds. On Wednesday (January 19) Doncaster Council announced that they had received confirmation from DEFRA that dead birds found at the at the end of December have tested positive for Avian Influenza (bird flu).
New crops that have been gene-edited to be more nutritious and less environmentally harmful are at least five years away from being sold in shops, according to one of the UK government’s leading scientists. Gideon Henderson, the chief scientific officer of the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), says there is no scientific basis for such food being blocked for sale.