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BASC launches second newspaper campaign
Successful amendment to Sentience Bill reassures those who work with animals

he new Animal Sentience Committee will now have to respect cultural traditions, religion, and heritage when scrutinising government policy following a successful amendment, which has been supported by BASC, to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. A group of 31 MPs proposed an amendment accepted by the government at the report stage of the Animal Welfare (Sentience)… Read more »

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Ruger named top dog at Crufts

Flat-coated retriever Ruger was crowned overall winner of the BASC Gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2022. The Best in Show – Gamekeepers’ Ring winner Ruger – or Satinbaze Cracksman For Blacktoft to give him his full name, is owned by Helen Fox and was handled throughout the day and evening by her daughter, Megan. After a… Read more »

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Northern Ireland politicians meet to discuss future of Stormont assembly
Crunch talks on Northern Ireland begin

Northern Ireland politicians are today meeting in Scotland for the first of three days of crunch talks about devolving power to the province. The British and Irish governments have given local parties until November 24th to agree a power-sharing deal and appoint a first minister and an executive. If they fail, the Northern Ireland assembly… Read more »

DUP leader Ian Paisley meets Catholic archbishop Sean Brady
Paisley meets top Catholic cleric

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Ian Paisley has today met with Ireland’s top Catholic cleric in historic talks. It was the first time Reverend Paisley, the moderator of the Free Presbyterian church and a long-standing critic of the Catholic church, had held formal talks with the Archbishop of Armagh, Sean Brady. The meeting came just… Read more »