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

Danny Boyle, with London 2012 crew and volunteers, unveils a model of the Opening Ceremony yesterday

London 2012: Olympics ceremony animals to be spared the chop

Selection for the Olympics is not normally a matter of life and death – until now. Danny Boyle, who is directing the Opening Ceremony, has said he will "vigorously" ensure that the two goats, three cows, 10 chickens, 10 ducks and 70 sheep due to take part in the show are spared.

Man jailed for stabbing wife's cat

A drunken man who stabbed his wife's cat to death out of spite during a row has been jailed.

Hynde (left) says: 'We lived in an apartment - no furniture, no TV, no phone, and everyone slept on the floor'

How We Met: Chrissie Hynde & Marie France

'We lived in an apartment – no furniture, no TV, no phone, and everyone slept on the floor'

Badger baiter sentenced to 23 weeks

A man who urged his dog to attack and kill badgers kept footage of the brutal fights on his phone, a court heard today.

Laboratory dog cages could be made smaller

The size of cages holding beagles awaiting experiments could be reduced under new Government proposals, animal welfare campaigners warned yesterday.

Mexico City considers bullfight ban

When the conquistadors brought bullfighting to Mexico more than 500 years ago, few could have foreseen how popular it would become.

Huge rise in cruelty convictions pushing RSPCA to 'breaking point'

A huge rise in the number of pet owners convicted of animal cruelty is pushing the RSPCA to “breaking point”, the charity said.

Jerry Brown, seen here with his wife Anne, is trying to reduce California’s huge and growing budget deficit

Why reports on Australia's kangaroos made California's Governor hopping mad

Struggling state shocked to discover it produces dozens of bizarre research papers that no one reads

Dog owners face microchip costs

Millions of dog owners will have to pay for their pets to be fitted with a microchip, under plans set to be announced next week.

Synchronised and jockey Tony McCoy eye the start at Aintree. The joint favourite was one of two horses killed

Two horses die after chaos mars start of Grand National

Animal rights campaigners call for steeplechase to be abolished as the death toll at UK racecourses reaches 41 this year

Simon Kelner: A barbaric delicacy that is rightly beyond the pale

It is difficult to imagine these days, but, not very long ago, people would deposit litter on the streets without care or reproach, dog mess would be left on the pavement, and smokers would strike up without any consideration for their fellow citizens.

RSPCA to cut more than 130 jobs

The RSPCA warned today that it will have to shed more than 130 jobs in the face of rising costs and increasing numbers of animals being abandoned during the economic downturn.

Dustin Hoffman stars in the drama, which has gained critical acclaim

Dustin Hoffman TV show's third horse death triggers outright ban

The Sport of Kings has rarely looked so sumptuous as in Dustin Hoffman's TV series Luck, which sees thoroughbreds barrelling around the sun-kissed racetracks of Southern California.

Dustin Hoffman stars in the drama, which has gained critical acclaim

Animal rights fury as third horse dies in Dustin Hoffman TV drama Luck

Racehorse is put to death after falling at track during making of second series of HBO show

Cosmetics giants 'misled public', says $100m lawsuit

Two major cosmetics brands that champion their cruelty-free ethics are facing a lawsuit claiming they misled the public as they allow animal-testing on some products abroad.

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