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

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No ban on circus animals as Cameron acts as chief whip

David Cameron was last night accused of deploying "smoke and mirrors" to avoid imposing an immediate ban on wild animals in travelling circuses.

Pig cruelty investigation farmer Stephen Brown found dead

A farmer who was being investigated over allegations of cruelty to pigs has been found dead at his home.

Tilikum the orca performs at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida

Performing whales are not 'slaves', says US judge

The grand emancipation of America's popular performing orcas has been postponed, thanks to the not-so-startling conclusion of a district court judge in San Diego that, on balance, whales and humans are not the same thing.

Roaming badgers are believed to be spreading TB in cattle

Clashes expected as badger cull pilot areas revealed

Animal welfare and wildlife groups say the badger culls are unscientific and inhumane

A piece of foie gras on potato risotto

Is it ever ok to eat foie gras?

It's banned in many countries for being inhumane, but now 'ethical' versions of the delicacy are appearing. Sophie Morris wonders if it's really cleaning up its act.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'At least Billie Piper never threw a cat in a wheelie bin'

Who knew that, before she became a child pop sensation at 15, Billie Piper's guilty pleasure was throwing animals? For a while in the early 1990s, it was literally raining cats and dogs in Swindon. "I used to pick up animals on the street," she confessed in a questionnaire, "and launch them as far as I could."

Sir David Jack

Further to your obituary of Sir David Jack (9 December), Fifers are famous for dogged determination, writes Tam Dalyell.

Lolita with her trainer

Willy was freed. Now it's time to 'liberate Lolita'

Activists, angry at a killer whale's continuing captivity in a Florida theme park, are off to court

Guide claims designers' ethical concerns are only 'skin deep'

Two of the biggest names in British fashion are accused of failing to live up to their fine words on animal rights and the environment.

Plans for badger cull pit farmers against animal rights activists

Farmers will be able to form syndicates to cull badgers over large areas. Some 70 per cent will be culled by trained marksmen with powerful rifles

28,000 sign circuses petition ahead of crucial vote

Almost 28,000 people have signed The Independent’s online petition calling for the Government to ban wild animals from circuses, days ahead of a crucial Commons vote.

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Starring: Oliver Boot, Nick Ashdon, Tracy Ifeachor

Video: Bulls gore amateur matadors

Nearly 50 amateur bullfighters have been injured in Colombia's 'correlajas' bullfights.

Outcry after loss of measures to protect animals is revealed

Campaigners pledged to step up the fight for animal welfare yesterday after The Independent highlighted the way in which the Coalition has scrapped or stalled a series of initiatives since taking power.

Animal rights activists jailed for intimidation

Five animal rights activists, including one from Newquay, who intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab have been sentenced to between six years and 15 months in prison.

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