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Horse therapy sanctuary faces closure

The owner of a horse sanctuary in Leicestershire, where the animals are used to help people with physical and learning difficulties, says she could be forced to close after being told she needs to leave the site she's renting.

Judith Edwards says the confidence of both young and old is boosted when they interact with horses. However, she's now struggling to find somewhere to keep the animals, and has even sold her own home to raise money to buy some land.


Career change for West Midlands Police dogs - now in South Korea sniffing out insects

Credit: West Midlands Police

Two police spaniels have arrived in South Korea to help protect the country's buildings from termites - which feed on wood causing millions of pounds worth of damage to historic buildings.

Olivia and Oxo have been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, and their sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive than a human. It's more effective than thermal imaging equipment. They track down the insects by detecting their hormones.

Termites have become a problem in South Korea thanks to rising humidity levels which create a perfect condition for the insects.

Apparently most of their commands are non-verbal - so the dogs don't need to learn Korean!

Credit: West Midlands Police

The Big Butterfly Count: how to help out David Attenborough

The Big Butterfly Count will be running for the next three weeks, and organisers are hoping as many people as possible will take part, in their gardens or out for a stroll in the countryside.

With 59 different species of butterfly here in the UK, there are plenty to see, and Leicester local David Attenborough is getting very involved.

To take part - follow this link


Rescue teams practice saving drowning horse

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service specialist rescue team were training today - using a WOODEN horse. They were practising rescuing a horse from the water - using ropes and a hoist.

Why do we have animal testing?

File picture of a laboratory Credit: Grgur Zucko/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

The group Pro-Test, which says it is "standing up for science", says "without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn't exist".

The Medical Research Council says that the use of animals in medical research has made an "important contribution" to advances in medicine and has helped improve the health of both humans and animals.

"In accordance with the law, research using animals is only undertaken when there is no alternative research technique and the expected benefits outweigh any adverse effects."

"Whilst it is acknowledged that animal models are not a perfect model for humans, the use of animals in biomedical research remains essential. Alternative techniques cannot always reproduce the complexity of a living creature."

It says research using animals is essential in developing treatments for conditions like strokes, AIDS, and cancer.

Nottingham animal rights march: calls for 'immediate abandonment' of experiments on animals

Demonstrators will mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories today in Nottingham by calling for the end of experiments on animals. The organiser says:

Abolishing the Victorian method of research dating back 200 years of using animals will not only benefit animals, amend a 65-year-old law that is out of date with modern scientific understanding, it will also free up £50 billion a year towards finding cures for humans, everyone wins.

– Alex Irving, "No to Animal Experiments"

700 animal rights demonstrators expected in Nottingham

File picture of beagles Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Animal lovers will march through Nottingham city centre today to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories.

600-700 campaigners are expected to attend to raise awareness of what they call the "outdated science of animal experiments".

They want the government to stop experiments on animals.

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