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

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.

Anti-fur lobby takes its protest into the nightclubs

'Take away your mink, and that string of pearls, what makes you think, that I'm one of those girls?' (from Guys and Dolls)
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
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Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

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George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album