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Cash windfall reportedly took villagers two days to distribute

Oink! This little piggy can spread diseases

Parents are warned of the dangers of micro-pig craze ahead of Christmas

Toy pig pulled from farm set on religious grounds

A retailer withdrew a toy pig from a children's farm set to avoid the risk of causing offence on religious grounds, it emerged today.

Pig out: The best animal-inspired biscuits and chocolates

Whether it’s a meringue hedgehog or a reindeer cupcake, indulge in a creature comfort this winter with these animal-inspired sweet treats from Britain’s best confectioners and bakers...

Fairy tales: Disney didn't tell it this way...

As a film revives the original 'Snow White', Andy McSmith revisits old tales where they all suffer horribly ever after

Waitrose pork ad banned over 'outdoor bred' pigs

A campaign for Waitrose pork has been banned for misleading consumers about the pigs' living conditions, the advertising watchdog said today.

Farmer spared jail over 'cannibal' pigs

A pig farmer whose starving animals were kept in such appalling conditions that they resorted to cannibalism has been spared a prison sentence, prosecutors said today.

Rampaging wild boar draw pleas for military response

They are laying waste to crops in record numbers and their snouts are seriously damaging the autumn harvest. But soon the rampaging wild boar that have been causing havoc in rural areas of Germany could be gunned down by army marksmen, if farmers get their way.

Leading article: Pig out

Boars have a special place in European culture. A long boarish line runs from the colossal Erymanthean beast hunted by Hercules, to the animals that graced the coat of arms of Richard III, to Obelix's favourite repast. So it is good to see, after centuries of absence, that the animals are once again thriving on the Continent.

Glorious mud: Finnish footballers, holidaying Koreans and even the Chinese Army have been enjoying its earthy pleasures

Pigs like mud (with the exception of Cinders, the muck-phobic little porker who escaped the sausage machine two summers ago after her owners took pity and fitted her with tiny gumboots). Hippopotamuses like mud, too. But then pigs and hippos are wired to wallow – they don't sweat and mud keeps them cool. What's our excuse?

Pigs exhibit complex emotions, claims study

Pigs can feel optimistic and pessimistic according to how they are being treated, scientists revealed today.

Swine flu jabs boost GSK sales

Glaxosmithkline revealed a further boost from last year's swine flu crisis yesterday as it said H1N1 treatments helped first-quarter sales surge 13 per cent.

Notes (28/04/2010)

An election candidate in Liverpool is claiming that the eruption of Eyjafjallajokullis a sign from God that Britons should repent. Elsewhere, I note, a blue stork has arrived in Germany.

Ban for man who failed to halt donkey attacks

A man who failed to stop a donkey from viciously attacking other farm animals was today banned from keeping animals for three years.

Swine flu causes huge rise in hospital admissions

The number of days people spent in hospital beds with flu in 2009 was up 700 per cent on 2008, data showed today.

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