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

NHS food standards: An exclusive kind of compassion

Too much of the food served by the NHS fails welfare standards

Snow leopards: enjoying a revival in the lead-up Christmas

There's no business like snow leopards this Christmas

If you've spotted lots of snow leopards, with their striking coats and big floofy tails, on your television recently, you're not alone. The World Wildlife Fund has been airing adverts for the big cats for a year, but has stepped up its campaign in time for the festive season.

Simon Usborne gets to know Anne, Europe’s oldest elephant, who was secretly filmed being beaten at Bobby Roberts’ Super Circus

So what happened to Anne the elephant after she packed her trunk and left the Bobby Roberts circus?

Simon Usborne meets the Asian elephant rescued from a life of drudgery and abuse

More than 80 puppies seized by police investigating dog trafficking after being found in “shocking” conditions

More than 80 puppies have been seized by police during an investigation into dog trafficking and the alleged sale of dogs on the internet.

Live pigs 'blasted with explosives and monkeys infected with anthrax during cruel experiments'

Live pigs were blasted with explosives and forced to inhale mustard gas, and monkeys infected with anthrax during “disturbing and cruel” experiments at Porton Down, it was claimed today.

Ukrainian lion tamer Vladislav Goncharov, at a circus
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Ministers 'are reneging on pledge' to ban circus animals

Some MPs say the new 10-year licences would make it harder for the use of wild animals to be outlawed

Animal rights protesters to picket Hobbit premiere

Animal rights protesters plan to picket the UK premiere of The Hobbit after whistleblowers came forward to claim three horses died unnecessarily during filming.

The military medical staff carry out the drills on pigs which are shot and then operated on at a course provided in Nato's training facilities in Jaegerspris, Denmark.

Ministry of Defence defends practice of shooting and injuring pigs for army medic training

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has defended sending surgeons serving in the British Army to controversial medical training involving live pigs shot by marksmen to replicate battlefield wounds.

Man who put cat in tumble drier jailed

A man who put his cat in a tumble drier and posted the footage on YouTube has been jailed.

Five men arrested on suspicion of killing cats and wildlife with hunting dogs

Five men were arrested on suspicion of killing wildlife and cats with hunting dogs in a major operation between the police and RSPCA today.

Norwegian Blue: Adopt Beaky: the foul-mouthed parrot who will call you an a******e...and then probably bite you

With a beautiful colorful plumage, an intelligent and playful manner, and an uncanny ability to mimic the human voice, you'd think Beaky, a chattering lory, would have no problem finding a new home.

Government under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after e-petition

The Government is under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after an e-petition launched by Queen guitarist Brian May forced a debate in the House of Commons.

Fortnum & Mason’s shame exposed: Selling foie gras is indefensible

Despite other iconic British food shops halting their sale of foie gras which is cruel and barbaric, Fortnum & Mason continue to peddle this “torture in a tin”.

Imminent badger cull prompts 'police fatigue' fears

Police officers could become exhausted because they cannot book any more leave this year as a result of the imminent badger cull, it has been claimed.

It’s time to shoot down the game hunting myths

As National Anti-Shooting week draws to a close, guns are in the news, but it's not only humans that fall victim to violence

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