National media briefing: the Dogs Trust, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the National Osteoporosis Society, the Prison Reform Trust

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

The supermarket giant Tesco has been criticised by customers and animal charities, including the Dogs Trust, for an advert that appears to condone getting a puppy for Christmas.

See the Daily Mail for full story

Christopher Stokes, the general director of Médecins Sans Frontières, has urged the international community to act with the same purpose over aid for Syria as on the issue of chemical weapons.

See The Daily Telegraph for full story

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis occur once every two minutes in the UK among people over 50, figures from the National Osteoporosis Society have revealed. 

See BBC News for full story

The Prison Reform Trust has said that transport of livestock is better regulated than that of prisoners, after an inspection found that private contractors exposed women prisoners at HMP Holloway in London to "intimidation and abuse" by forcing them to travel in escort vans with male inmates.

See BBC News for full story

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