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"If it wasn't for the PDSA, I couldn't have Charlie"

An animal charity that provides treatment for injured and sick pets has moved into a purpose-built hospital on the outskirts of Plymouth. The PDSA raised £2m for the building and says it was essential with more pet owners turning to them because they can't afford vet bills.

Dog owner Pat Eveleigh talks about how important the charity has been for her and Richard Hooker, Director of Veterinary Services at the PDSA says the new building couldn't have come at a more important time.


Rare chameleons hatched at Exmoor Zoo

Johnston's chameleon
The newborn Johnston's chameleons are just 3 cm long Credit: Exmoor Zoo

Two tiny baby chameleons have hatched from eggs at Exmoor Zoo. The three horned Johnston's chameleons are just 3cm long and are thought to be the first of their species to hatch in captivity in the UK.

They are identical miniatures of their parents who were rescued from an illegal shipment which was on its way to the Czech Republic.

They are now being fed gourmet meals of fruit flies and just-hatched crickets. At the moment they're around the size of a 10p piece when curled up but they can grow to 30 cm or more.

Johnston's chameleon
Johnston's chameleon hatched at Exmoor Zoo Credit: Exmoor Zoo

No U-turn on badger cull trial

Badgers are due to be culled in areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire Credit: ITV Westcountry

DEFRA has announced that the trial cull of badgers to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle will go ahead, despite speculation of a postponement

The pilot was due to start in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire this month but has received widespread opposition.

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Farmer loses all to TB

A West Country farmer, who's lost two hundred cattle to TB, says he's so fed up with the situation that he's selling up. It comes after news that there's to be a full Commons debate on the badger cull.

The National Farmers' Union has welcomed the debate, even though it's come about as a result of pressure from opponents. But it all comes too late for David Bolt from mid Devon. Bob Cruwys reports.

Defra answers your questions about the badger cull

Defra’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Boyd and Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens will be answering questions about the badger cull pilots live on Twitter from 12-1pm today.

They will be answering questions about the science and evidence upon which the policy is based and the Government’s wider approach to tackling the spread of TB in cattle.

You can send Ian and Nigel questions using #askDefra and follow the conversation via the department's Twitter account

Badger cull plans prompt Commons debate

In the last hour it has emerged that a debate will take place in the House of Commons next week to discuss the impending badger cull.

It comes as hundreds of people are gathering at Dunster in West Somerset tonight for a big protest against the cull, which is expected to start in the next few days.

The full 6 hour debate will take place on Thursday 25th October after a petition exceeding 100,000 signatures was gathered by Queen guitarist Brian May.

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