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

Terence Blacker: Standing up for rabbits' rights

Concern for animals has a slightly unfortunate political pedigree. Hitler was tender-hearted towards pets. Alan Clark, famously sensitive to the plight of animals, was once asked if his concern extended to humans; "Curiously not," was the answer. The BNP likes to boast about its firm line on animal rights. Nick Griffin's party-political fireside chats see him with a cat – strangely of mixed race – curled up on his lap.

Government rejects ban on wild animals in circuses

The Coalition government today rejected a ban on wild animals in circuses in favour of a new licensing regime.

Leading article: Time to end the show

The days have long gone, fortunately, when most Britons considered watching cockfighting or bear baiting a pleasurable way of spending some free time. It is high time that the sight of big animals cavorting for the pleasure of the public in circuses went the same way. It is deeply regrettable that Downing Street has apparently blocked plans to ban these performances, opting instead for an improved system of self-regulation on the part of circuses themselves.

Hugh's recipes turn sour as battery rabbit farms return

Battery farming of rabbits is set to return to Britain for the first time in more than a 15 years to satisfying a growing hunger for their meat.

Puppies may have to be chipped in battle against violent animals

Dog owners could be forced to have a microchip implanted under their pet's skin under government plans to combat dangerous animals.

Survey reveals nine in 10 people would not wear real fur

Nine in 10 people would not wear real fur despite it making a comeback on the catwalk, according to research today.

Britain to bask in weekend warmth

Almost all of Britain will bask in glorious sunshine this weekend with the mini-heatwave showing no sign of fizzling out.

Video plea over 'misunderstood' staffies

A viral video aimed at helping the Staffordshire Bull Terrier shed its associations with gang violence and anti-social behaviour has been launched by an animal welfare charity.

Dogs found hanged from bridge

Two dogs were found hanged from a village bridge in a "barbaric" act of cruelty, the RSPCA said today.

Where cows are waited on hand and hoof

A new Hare Krishna farm will treat its bovine residents to five-star luxury

Thai chicken better than most British production, says RSPCA

Shoppers who care about animal welfare should shun standard British chicken and buy meat imported from thousands of miles away in Thailand, according to the RSPCA.

Badger shooting is cruel, says RSPCA

Shooting badgers in parts of Britain affected by bovine tuberculosis, which is proposed as a control technique, may be harder to carry out humanely than ministers realise, says the RSPCA.

RSPCA in rehoming plea after 'unprecedented' influx of animals

Playful Ridgeback cross Buster only has three legs and is desperate to be rehomed after an animal centre reached its full capacity.

Pet of the week: The Staffordshire bull terrier

It's hard to imagine a more maligned breed than the SBT. Originally bred in the 17th century as working dogs, from the word go Staffies were used for fighting. Sadly, dog fighting still exists and is one of the reasons why so many of them are abandoned. To depict them as a vicious breed, however, couldn't be further from the truth...

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