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Animal welfare
Survey on illegal dog fighting
  1. Kate Ryder
  1. Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, e-mail: kryder2@rvc.ac.uk

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I AM a fifth-year veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College and I am currently working on my final-year research project entitled ‘An investigation into the reporting of suspicions of illegal dog fighting by veterinary staff and the factors that influence their likelihood to report suspicions’. My project relies on a survey being completed by UK vets and registered vet nurses and I would like to encourage them to take part.

Despite being outlawed in 1835, there were 273 prosecutions for dog fighting and dog fighting-related offences between 2012 and 2013 (Harding and …

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