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Gosden heroic at time of despair

The horror that united the racing community at Ascot on Saturday was immediately assuaged by the knowledge that an excruciating situation could not – in the most literal sense imaginable – have been in better hands. For no more competent ambassador could have been produced from its midst, following a catastrophic injury to Rewilding, than the very man who held the doomed colt's bridle as the veterinary team raced to the emergency. And the fact that John Gosden had also saddled the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes could only corroborate the priorities of fellowship and welfare he espoused, in effect, on behalf of every professional.

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Doctors use donor schemes to help save patients' lives. Now vets can too – and they're healing cats and dogs as well as thoroughbred horses, as Sue Corfield explains

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three elephants were electrocuted in a wildlife sanctuary in northern India after they uprooted a utility pole and became caught in its 10,000-volt wires.

Farmers' call for badger cull to be approved by ministers

Ministers are poised to give the go-ahead to a widespread cull of badgers in a bid to halt the growing spread of tuberculosis in cattle – with a significant gap still remaining in the science behind the move.

First it banned plastic bags. Now San Francisco may outlaw pets

They call it the "People's Republic of San Francisco", but judging by the latest piece of landmark legislation to come before civic authorities, northern California's first city deserves a new nickname. Something along the lines of "the Animals' Republic".

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