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

The trial culls aim to cut the incidence of bovine TB in the zones by 16 per cent

Chief vet: We need badger cull to prevent spread of TB to humans

Infected wild animals pose ‘a risk to health’, says Nigel Gibbens, as population control trials begin

Sources at Defra told The Independent that Mr Paterson was aware of the threat to his property in Drôme

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson faces squatting threat over badger cull

Radical animal rights activists plan to squat at Owen Paterson’s house in southern France

A pack of wild geese

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport allowed to resume goose cull in bid to prevent bird strikes

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is expected to start gassing thousands of geese this week to prevent potentially lethal bird strikes on aircraft, after an animal rights group failed to convince a court to halt the cull.

Mally, Justin Bieber's capuchin, is being cared for in an animal shelter

Auf wiedersehen, pet: Justin Bieber's capuchin monkey is abandoned at German airport

Animal impounded by German authorities in March has still not been reclaimed by the teen superstar

Editorial: Who needs mega-farms?

We eat too much of the wrong sort of food. More cheap meat is no solution

Animal cruelty convictions up 33% in England and Wales

RSPCA's annual prosecutions report shows rise from 3,114 in 2011 to 4,168 last year

Activists plan to shadow shooting parties with vuvuzelas to scare badgers away

That's one way to badger farmers: squatters join battle to halt cull

Activists plan to shadow shooting parties with vuvuzelas to scare badgers away

Editorial: Electioneering is not free speech

Even the most ardent critics of the European Court of Human Rights must acknowledge that its most recent verdict deserves a round of applause.

Animal rights group defeated in move that would have opened up paid UK political advertising

An animal rights group has narrowly lost an attempt to open up paid political advertising in the UK.

Nikon advertises a range of products used to make rifle scopes specifically for Big Game hunters

The wrong kind of photo shoot: Nikon in the line of fire over rifle sights for big game hunting

Camera company synonymous with wildlife photography accused of hypocrisy for making rifle sights

Leona Lewis has backed Sharon Osbourne's return to X Factor as a judge

Leona Lewis: X Factor judging job is nerve-wracking

Leona Lewis said today that a permanent place on the X Factor judging panel would be "nerve-wracking" as she backed Sharon Osbourne to return to the show.

Pigeon racing is hardly the same as cockfighting

PETA are campaigning to have pigeon racing outlawed, but I just can't get behind the idea that this is a barbaric sport

Earth Hour 'switch-off' darkens monuments around globe

The seventh annual Earth Hour saw many parts of the world plunged into darkness for an hour yesterday evening to mark environmental concern over climate change and fossil fuel emissions.

Low-flying jets caused such panic among hundreds of captive mink that they turned on their young and viciously attacked them

Swedish air force to compensate farmers after causing mink to kill pups

The Swedish Air Force has apologised after its low-flying jets caused such panic among hundreds of captive mink that they turned on their young and viciously attacked them.

Review: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

A port of Wii classic Monster Hunter Tri comes to both Wii U (sporting a HD makeover) and 3DS.

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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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