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

Poorva Joshipura: Only one type of fur is really humane. It's called 'faux fur'

Consumers who want to rest assured that no animal suffered for a fur garment need only look for one label: faux. Despite the fur industry's desperate attempts to dupe consumers into believing otherwise, the only humane fur is fake fur. Most people aren't comfortable with wearing fur that has been ripped from an animal's back – hence the fur industry's new "Origin Assured" (OA) label: a shameless attempt to make consumers feel good about buying an inherently cruel product. The labelling in no way translates into acceptable treatment of animals who are killed for their fur.

Fur flies again in the fashion world

Far from shunning animal pelts, designers have been plastering them all over this year's collections

Crufts opens amid controversey

Crufts dog show started today amid claims that pedigree breeders are "creating a Frankenstein's monster of a dog".

Knut should be castrated, say animal activists

Peta calls for polar bear to undergo operation 'to prevent risk of inbreeding'

President Obama – the accidental model

His political halo may be slipping, but Barack Obama is still a brand that some in the commercial world just can't resist exploiting. How else to explain the huge advertising billboard that appeared above Times Square this week featuring the President as Male Model-in-Chief?

Threats cancel British matador's book sessions

After his triumphant return to the bullring less than a fortnight ago, the Salford matador Frank Evans was looking forward to a hectic spell in Britain promoting his autobiography chronicling four decades of facing death in the afternoon.

Poorva Joshipura: Religious practice doesn't excuse the suffering in slaughterhouses

PETA's undercover footage from inside religious slaughterhouses corroborates the evidence presented by the government's Farm Animal Welfare Council about the suffering inflicted on animals during ritual slaughter techniques.

Dan Mathews: PETA's fight against fur

Supermodels pose nude for him. Catwalk shows are halted by him. But PETA’s Dan Mathews says his proudest moment in the war on fur was the day he took on one of fashion’s biggest names – and won

Terence Blacker: Why is support for the sick a religious issue?

At this time of the year, when part-time Christians all over the country will be making a rare visit to their local church in order to keep their membership up to date for another nine months, it has been salutary to be reminded of the role religion plays in everyday life – whether we like it or not.

Hurley heads campaign for fur house

Animal rights groups vent fury at British actress after she appears in ad wearing black 'baby mink skin'

'They didn't tell me it was real' – Gwyneth apologises for fur ad

But animal rights activists say her explanation for fashion shoot rings hollow

Girl changes name to CutoutDissection.com

A teenage girl has legally changed her name to CutOutDissection.com to protest against animal dissection in schools.

Can wearing fur be guilt-free?

It's brutal and bloody, yet some designers are trying to rebrand animal pelts as the latest eco fashion must-have. Sanjida O'Connell reports on an unlikely alliance

Eat British veal with a clear conscience, says RSPCA

Animal welfare groups back sale of home-grown meat
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