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

Tommy Smith: Jockey involved in one of the greatest finishes to the Grand National

The amateur jockey Tommy Smith became the first American to win the Grand National on a horse born, bred and owned in the United States – the plucky eight-year-old Jay Trump – in a dramatic finish in 1965. Jockey and horse became legends in the US for a race memorable not only for one of the closest finishes in its history but for the fact that it looked like being the last Grand National, since the Aintree course was up for sale to property developers.

Today the EU goes cruelty-free, but is the beauty industry’s commitment more than skin deep?

Pressure from the largest beauty market in the world may be the only way to get international cosmetics industry to modernise.

5,000 badgers on Government's slaughter list

More than 5,000 badgers will be slaughtered in the West Country after the Government approved licences for culls to commence in June this year.

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

Morrissey refuses to appear on US chat show with 'animal serial killers'

First he succeeded in turning LA's Staples Centre vegetarian. Now former Smiths frontman Morrissey has refused to appear on an American TV chat show because his fellow guests are "animal serial killers".

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

Morrissey turns LA venue veggie

Next month, for one night only, vendors at the 20,000-capacity Staples Centre in LA will serve exclusively vegetarian fare.

A meteor streaks across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains

Russian meteor strike that injured 1,200 people was US weapons test, claims politician

The meteor, which was travelling at around 33,000 mph rained down over the Ural Mountains last week

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg addresses the media on the horsemeat scandal, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

Don't blame us for horsemeat scandal, says EU consumer chief

Europe's Health and Consumer policy chief today rejected claims that EU policy was to blame for the horsemeat scandal.

Would you adopt the dog with a human face? Or the stink bug?

Rescuers are hoping to find a home for a poodle shih-tzu who's pleading gaze resembles that of a human face.

Duck survives being shot through the head with a crossbow bolt

Mallard is evading RSPCA officers trying to help it

Naomi Campbell wins damages over false story she was planning to organise an elephant polo match

Supermodel Naomi Campbell accepted “substantial” libel damages at the High Court today over a false story that she was planning to organise an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday.

The elephants Baby and Nepal, who are thought to be carrying tuberculosis, at the Tête d’Or zoo in Lyon

François Hollande faces Brigitte Bardot over rescue of two sick elephants from a Lyon zoo

A problem even larger than Gérard Depardieu faces the French government this week. Should President François Hollande intervene to rescue two sick elephants in a Lyon zoo?

Editorial: A hunt chasing the wrong fox

In the aftermath of the RSPCA's successful private prosecution of the Cotswolds' Heythrop Hunt – which saw an entire hunt charged, for the first time, and two prominent members also fined – the charity has come in for quite a drubbing. It is time, then, for a show of support.

Members of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt departing from Chiddingstone

Tories admit defeat in bid to repeal hunting ban as 250,000 turned out regardless on Boxing Day

Ministers say they won’t change the law in the near future

It's recognised internationally as inherently Russian, and it helps keep the cold out... Could Russia really give up fur?

Fur flies as Moscow faces a challenge to its cosy addiction

A fashion accessory, a practical necessity for the Siberian winter, and a valuable asset that has been traded since medieval times. For Russians, fur is all of this and more.

Engaging: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the first film of the Hobbit trilogy

The Hobbit movie is no fantasy for animals

Allegations of animal cruelty on the set of The Hobbit threaten to tarnish the film's reputation. So has director Peter Jackson done enough to answer them?

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