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

Animal rights: the new model army

Forget dreadlocked crusties and horrid pictures of bleeding beagles: these days the anti-cruelty league would rather go naked. Decca Aitkenhead reports

Let them wear fur?

One might have thought that it was gone forever, forbidden by a combination of natural aversion and public disapproval. But just when it seemed safe to come of the forest, real fur is back in fashion. By Tamsin Blanchard

Arts: The goldfish in a suitcase who swam into trouble

It's a step up from a plastic bag and more portable than a pond but the suitcase aquarium and its inhabitant Fred the fish are causing almost as many ripples as Damien Hirst's sheep.

Tyler Moore joins crusade against cruel `urine farms'


Lady, it's cold outside

It's a wonder, given the virulence of the animal rights campaign, that anyone dares sport a fur. But look around you and you'll notice that women still wear mink. Or, at least, bits of mink. By Louise Levene

Shuttle blasts birds heavenward

An animal rights group is asking the US Fish and Wildlife Service to punish the space agency Nasa for failing to remove a great horned owl and three hatchlings from the space shuttle pad before its launch.

Animal welfare campaigners target HRT firm

Cruelty claim over pregnant horses in Canada

People: Bardot bares her claws as Loren turns to furs

THE FUR is flying around Sophia Loren following the actress' signing of a promotional contract with Annabella, an Italian fur-coat company, to model its products in newspaper and magazine advertisements.

Ad sites that can't be bought find buyer

THE struggle to take control of London Transport's advertising arm, the fourth largest poster business in Britain, is drawing to a close.

Faux pas in fur: It may not be the real thing, but even fake fur creates the wrong image and rubs people up the wrong way, argues Marion Hume

Glamour is back. 'Hang on,' you might say, 'Last week, and on this page, you told me that a new bulky silhouette was the story of Paris.' And so it is. Bulk is the big picture, the long-range fashion forecast, if you like. But in the meantime, clothes for Hollywood sirens are set to make an entrance again.

Fashion Update: Animal instincts

WAS IT real and, if so, is it back in vogue? That was the burning question after Anna Wintour's appearance at the YSL show in Paris last week. The editor of US Vogue was sporting what appeared to be a real fur coat and many of the sartorially correct were seriously surprised.

People: Supermodels bare all for nothing

THE anti-fur lobby has embarked on a back-to-basics campaign. Instead of spraying people with paint, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), a US-based group, is concentrating on the bare facts.

Wasted: How on earth did River Phoenix, purest of all child stars, sensitive, clean-living and eco-friendly, end up dead from a drug overdose at the age of 23? The answer lies in a secret life that was shocking even by the notorious double standards of Hollywood

A SLOW NIGHT in the Viper Room, West Hollywood, and a fair-haired woman in a Harley-Davidson leather jacket is trying to attract the attention of a man sitting at the other end of the bar. She gets her friend to draw a large-breasted and naked woman on a Viper Room paper napkin. Then she writes: 'SMILE]] IT CAN'T BE THAT BAD]]' The barman delivers the message. The evening passes without further incident.

L'Oreal to stop animal testing

The French cosmetics firm L'Oreal, which has been targeted by animal rights groups for testing cosmetics on animals, has pledged to stop such tests, according to the American-based pressure group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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