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Animal welfare activists claim the man ate ‘at least 15 cats in two years’

'Lettuce lady' turns over a new leaf

An animal rights activist has caused a stir in Jordan's capital by covering herself in lettuce in a quirky attempt to persuade meat lovers to go vegetarian.

Pet rabbit stolen by animal rights protester

Two young pet owners were left "heartbroken" when their rabbit was stolen by an animal rights protester.

Darling draws the line at seal meat for his G7 dinner

Chairs are upholstered with seal skin, goodie bags have seal-skin mittens. But finance ministers meeting in Canada don't want to upset hosts

Catalonia votes to ban bullfighting

Bloodthirsty 'sport' is dying a slow death across Spain, as younger audiences turn away

Catalans make first move on bullfight ban

The Catalan parliament took a step yesterday towards what would be the first ban on bullfighting in a region of Spain, calling for an end to the traditional spectacle by 67 to 59 in an initial vote.

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Threats cancel British matador's book sessions

After his triumphant return to the bullring less than a fortnight ago, the Salford matador Frank Evans was looking forward to a hectic spell in Britain promoting his autobiography chronicling four decades of facing death in the afternoon.

Hunters are given training to change 'toff' image

Fox hunters are being coached on ways to shake off their out-of-touch, upper-class, image as the sport prepares to take on a renewed role ahead of the next general election,

Aintree makes sombre start

Exotic Dancer one of two horses to die on opening day as Denman is also a faller

Jail for 'urban terror' animal rights activists

Seven animal rights activists who waged a campaign of "urban terrorism" against companies with links to the animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close it have been jailed for between four and 11 years at Winchester Crown Court.

Animal rights activists guilty of blackmail

Four animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences.

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My Mentor: Heny Bonsu on Mike Embley

'He believed in what I told him, which is hugely important for a researcher'

Bowen 'distraught' over McKelvey claims

The connections of the Grand National's one fatality, McKelvey, are distraught by implications by animal rights activists that his death was due to their negligence. The nine-year-old, running for the third time since sustaining a tendon strain close home when finishing second last year, suffered irreparable injuries when running loose after unseating Tom O'Brien at the 20th obstacle.

Restaurant takes foie gras off menu after 'terrifying' threats

One of the country's top restaurants has decided to take foie gras off the menu after it was subjected to a "terrifying" campaign of threats and vandalism by the extreme animal rights group the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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