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He resigned in 2011 after saying that 'disabled children should be put down' 

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Chinese police have arrested 904 people in an investigation into

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Two of those arrested accused of selling pork products that were made with meat from 'poor quality pig heads'

Growing pains: Plant nurseries complained of disastrous sales in March

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join the economy in not growing

Special report: The harsh weather has led to the loss of livestock and problems in both vegetable and cereal production

March 26, 2013: Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet).

3,000 farm animals found dead after recent blizzard that engulfed Northern Ireland

The carcasses of more than 3,000 farm animals which died when a blizzard engulfed Northern Ireland have so far been collected in a state funded disposal scheme.

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Herb-crusted rack of lamb with lamb faggots

Herb-crusted rack of lamb with lamb faggots

Serves 4

Horse meat

At least it's not human: BBC horsemeat investigation uncovers 'unidentifiable' meat in lamb takeaway

If you thought the British high street had cleaned up its act when it came to falsely advertised meat, think again.

Lamb fillets served with wild garlic gremolata

Lamb fillets served with wild garlic gremolata

Serves 4

Farmers fear livestock crisis after thousands of animals killed by Schmallenberg disease

Lambing season left blighted as deadly Schmallenberg virus

Farmers fear livestock crisis after thousands of animals killed by Schmallenberg disease

Shoulder of mutton with celery sauce

Shoulder of mutton with celery sauce

Serves 4

Spiced yellow split pea and mutton broth

Spiced yellow split pea and mutton broth

Serves 4

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Our tears over the plight of animals in Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries show a stark contrast to the lack of consideration for animals in our own kitchens

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