News China is currently responsible for 90 per cent of the world's angora wool supply

An online clothing store has joined high-street shops in pulling angora products from its virtual shelves

Porn star tells university to stop skinning rodents' penises for sex experiments

Ron Jeremy - nicknamed "the hedgehog" - said despite it taking a lot to shock him, as "an expert on sex", he was "appalled" by the sexual behaviour experiments carried out by US universities on rodents

A dramatic increase in the number of people who enjoy the taste of reindeer is putting pressure on stocks in Finland

Demand for Dasher and Dancer at dinner tables strains Finland's reindeer stocks

Suppliers are turning down requests for the exotic meat for fear of depleting the forests

Torturing animals to make an angora scarf

The pain experienced by these angora rabbits is no less extreme than that of minks

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have invested in super-secure cars

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spend £1.6m on Iron Diamond secure cars

The car is said to be inspired by President Obama's limo

More than a million GM mice were created in Britain last year

Revealed: Ordinary laboratory animals are outnumbered by GM counterparts for first time

'These represent the next generation of tools to understand complex conditions' says one researcher

Morrissey

'Gordon Ramsay can stick his head in his microwave': former Smiths star Morrissey donates payout from Channel 4 to anti-foie gras campaign

The singer has donated £10,000 after a pay-off by Channel 4, which used one of his songs without permission in an advert for a Gordon Ramsay 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

Ramjit Raghav is the world's oldest dad

India's poster boy for vegetarianism – he's just fathered a child at 96

The world's oldest father has been recruited by activists in India who maintain lifelong vegetarians retain their "vigour" better than others.

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.

The poster from the animal rights group PETA

Has Peta gone too fur?

Is latest poster effective for animal rights - or just offensive to women?

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”.

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

Danny Boyle makes pledge on Olympic opening ceremony animals

Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, has sent a hand-written letter to animal rights campaigners pledging that no harm will come to the animals used in the making of his show.

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

Olympics opening ceremony animals to be spared the abattoir

It might not feel like it at the time, but selection for the Olympics is not normally a matter of life and death. At least until now.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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