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If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

Gecko shock for Ebay belt shopper

A gallivanting gecko has turned up safe and well after hitching a 100-mile ride inside an envelope following an internet shopping mix-up.

Circus animal petition nears 20,000 target

Almost 20,000 have signed The Independent’s online petition calling for a ban on wild animals in circuses.

Former adviser attacks circus animals 'failure'

The Government's failure to ban wild animals in circuses has been criticised by a former expert adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Harvey Locke: These shows can never meet creatures' needs

At any one time the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is dealing with many serious animal welfare issues. Slaughter without stunning, genetic problems in dogs, lameness in cattle, to mention just a few. All of which cause suffering in thousands, if not millions, of individual animals.

Twitter leads to thousands signing circuses petition

A campaign by animal lovers on Twitter has led to thousands of people signing The Independent’s online petition calling for a ban on tigers and lions in circuses.

Swine flu mother dies after coma

A young woman with swine flu who was put in a coma to save her unborn child has died.

Campaign to ban wild circus animals wins huge public support

An overwhelming majority of the public backs a ban on wild animals performing in circuses. A total of 71 per cent favour a ban, with 21 per cent opposed and 7 per cent saying they don't know, according to an opinion poll commissioned by The Independent.

10,000 back <i>Independent</i> circus animals petition

Four days after its launch more than 10,000 people have signed the Independent’s petition calling on the Government to ban circuses from using wild animals.

Professor Donald Broom: Trainers use pain and fear to teach extreme tricks

Elephants are trained to be ridden using a knife pushed into the neck if they do not obey, or when the rider feels at risk

Ministers under pressure over failure to ban circus animals

Government ministers are to be put under pressure in Parliament this week over their failure to bring forward plans to ban wild animals performing in circuses.

Actress gives backing to campaign to ban wild animals performing in circuses

Virginia McKenna, the actress who played the conservationist Joy Adamson in the film ‘Born Free’, has given her backing to The Independent’s campaign to ban wild animals from circuses.

Dr Ros Clubb: Government is out of touch on circus animals

Circuses represent an important traditional form of entertainment and culture but the days when it was acceptable to haul wild animals around in beastwagons to be gawped at and to entertain with unnatural tricks are long gone. Society has moved on, as has our understanding of what animals need.

No 10 blocks plan to ban wild animals performing in circuses

Campaigners' hopes are set to be dashed as Government opts instead for self-regulation

Bookies feel the chill &ndash; 50 years after coming in from the cold

Betting shops became legal in 1961, but now the industry is feeling threatened. Mark Leftly reports

Mass land-and-sea search to recover bodies still missing from tsunami

Japan will send nearly 25,000 soldiers backed by boats and aircraft into its disaster zone today on an intensive land-and-sea mission to recover the bodies of those killed by last month's earthquake and tsunami.

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