News The team at RSPCA East Winch are looking after injured seal pups following a tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

Almost 100 pups were separated from their mothers in December's storms

Probe after dead hares nailed to gate

The RSPCA is investigating after two dead hares were found nailed to farm gates in Newbury, near Frome.

Farmer jailed for 'grotesque' horse cruelty

A man was jailed for 24 weeks today for the "grotesque" neglect of more than 100 animals on his farm.

Police hunt for five foot python

Police were today on the lookout for a five foot python which escaped in a city.

Farming family guilty of 'grotesque' cruelty

RSPCA discovered starving, emaciated horses crammed into overcrowded pens

Family convicted for neglecting horses

A family of five was convicted of animal cruelty today for keeping emaciated horses alongside rotting animal corpses on a squalid farm in Buckinghamshire.

Britons dump their pets as credit crunch bites

Britons may have a reputation as animal-lovers but they are increasingly dumping their pets as they struggle to cope with the impact of economic downturn.

Aintree makes sombre start

Exotic Dancer one of two horses to die on opening day as Denman is also a faller

Blonde ambition at Crufts

Crufts, the annual beauty show for pedigree dogs, drew huge crowds on its opening day yesterday, despite a long-running battle with animal welfare campaigners, which meant for the first time in 40 years there is no national television coverage of the event.

Dr Rob Atkinson: Return of a medieval practice

An elephant performing in a circus is one of the biggest contrasts between what an animal has evolved to do and what they are being compelled to do by man, and with the weakest of justifications. Even when battery chickens are kept in tiny cages some might say there is a justification, in that they are being kept for food. Circuses keep elephants to entertain.

Ruff trade: A crisis for Crufts

Crufts returns next week – but there will be no TV coverage, no big-money sponsorship, and no support from the RSPCA. After six months of scandal that has left pedigree breeds branded genetic freaks, John Walsh asks if we can save our love affair with man's best friend

Animal charity savages counterpart

A Scottish animal welfare charity today accused its English counterpart of "stealing food from the mouths" of Scotland's animals.

Monks pledge lush new life for 'the Paris Hilton of cows'

RSPCA donates animal to Hindu temple as apology for 'mercy' killing

Now Jamie Oliver seeks to save our bacon

After tackling chicken, the TV chef and the RSPCA investigate pig-rearing and labelling of 'free-range' pork

Sorry we killed your cow, RSPCA tells Hindus – have another one

Archbishop of Canterbury helps to heal bitter rift after temple animal is put down

So that's the thanks I get for rescuing you ...

Squirrel expert who came to the assistance of injured animal is attacked for his efforts
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