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

Animal shelters 'inundated' with cats and kittens

RSPCA animal shelters across the country are being inundated with cats and kittens in desperate need of new homes, the charity announced this week.

Campaigner held 10 hours over drowned squirrel

A wildlife campaigner said today he was arrested, handcuffed and detained for 10 hours after he drowned a grey squirrel to provoke the RSPCA into taking him to court.

Major supermarket chains listed for animal welfare award

Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, the Co-operative and Waitrose have been shortlisted for an RSPCA animal welfare award run in conjunction with The Independent.

Campaigner drowns grey squirrel

A wildlife campaigner has drowned a grey squirrel to challenge the RSPCA to prosecute him.

Teenager jailed for 20-minute attack on dog

A teenager was starting a 16-week sentence today after being caught on CCTV kicking and punching a dog in a 20-minute attack.

Man fined for drowning squirrel

A man has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 after he admitted drowning a grey squirrel, the RSPCA said today.

Gun lobby persuades Government to kill off game bird welfare law

The government has acceded to the wishes of shooting groups and scrapped plans that would have freed millions of pheasants from small cages.

Teenager detained for microwaving hamster

A teenager who microwaved his brother's hamster was sent to a young offenders institution for four months today, the RSPCA said.

More dogs being dumped, warns RSPCA

The number of abandoned dogs is increasing as the effects of the credit crunch continue to bite, the RSPCA warned today.

Richard Adams: Forever animated by the life of animals

The author of <i>Watership Down</i> has reached his 90th birthday and still finds himself caring deeply about the world he learned to love as a child. Paul Blezard meets Richard Adams

Convicted horse trader absconds from court

A horse trader convicted of the worst case of animal cruelty ever seen by the RSPCA absconded from court today as he awaited sentence.

Obama flies to Louisiana as fears grow over oil-spill disaster

President Barack Obama took a first-hand look at the response effort at the southern tip of Louisiana as oil from a leaking BP well continued to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, declaring that the British energy giant retained primary responsibility for meeting the crisis – and footing the cost.

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Indolence lost: how boredom refired a rock'n'roll maverick

Shoppers opt for 'freedom food' chickens

Consumers are turning away from standard chickens in favour of birds raised under higher welfare standards, according to figures released today.

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