• Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills

    Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills
    Rise in online searches for ‘can I give my dog paracetamol?’ shows how cost of living crisis is affecting welfare, warns RSPCAVets fear people may be giving “dangerous doses” of paracetamol to their pets as fears grow that the cost of living crisis is impinging on animal owners’ ability to pay for medical help.The RSPCA recently discovered that Google searches for “can I give my dog paracetamol” have almost tripled since January 2020, and that in May the
  • Sir Colin Blakemore obituary

    Sir Colin Blakemore obituary
    Neuroscientist, persuasive science communicator and advocate for rationality and opennessFaced with an increasingly violent animal rights movement, most scientists who worked with laboratory animals in the 1980s and 90s kept their heads down. Not Colin Blakemore. Despite threats to himself and his family, including a parcel bomb opened by his children (which failed to detonate), he continued to defend the use of animals in his research on the brain. Blakemore, who has died of motor neurone disea
  • Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves four dead, hundreds injured

    Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves four dead, hundreds injured
    Chaos overtakes city of Espinal after wood and bamboo stands collapse during cultural festivalAt least four people were killed and hundreds injured in Colombia on Sunday after spectator stands at a bullfight collapsed, authorities said.The bull reportedly escaped from the plaza hosting the spectacle and was causing panic in the streets of Espinal, Tolima, a city of nearly 60,000 people about 145km (90 miles) south-west of Bogotá, the capital. Continue reading...
  • Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves four dead, dozens wounded

    Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves four dead, dozens wounded
    Chaos overtakes city of Espinal after wood and bamboo stands collapse during cultural festivalFour people were killed and about 70 injured in Colombia on Sunday after spectator stands at a bullfight collapsed, provincial officials said.The bull reportedly escaped from the plaza hosting the spectacle and was causing panic in the streets of Espinal, Tolima, a city of nearly 60,000 people about 145km (90 miles) south-west of Bogotá, the capital. Continue reading...
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  • Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves 4 dead, dozens wounded

    Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves 4 dead, dozens wounded
    Chaos overtakes city of Espinal after wood and bamboo stands collapse during cultural festivalFour people were killed and about 70 injured in Colombia on Sunday after spectator stands at a bullfight collapsed, provincial officials said.The bull reportedly escaped from the plaza hosting the spectacle and was causing panic in the streets of Espinal, Tolima, a city of nearly 60,000 people about 145km (90 miles) south-west of Bogotá, the capital. Continue reading...
  • Animal welfare groups sue US retailers allegedly selling banned kangaroo leather shoes

    Animal welfare groups sue US retailers allegedly selling banned kangaroo leather shoes
    Soccer Wearhouse and other sporting retailers targeted in Californian civil suit for allegedly violating 50-year-old kangaroo product banGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAnimal welfare advocates in the US have filed a civil lawsuit against a California-based sportswear and equipment retailer which they alleged are selling football shoes made of kangaroo leather, despite a 50-year-old ban on the products in that state.The Centre for a Humane Economy and the Animal Wellness Act
  • ‘It felt like wringing a dry sponge’: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat

    ‘It felt like wringing a dry sponge’: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat
    Milk and cheese output fromworld’s largest producer faces catastrophic decline unless more heat stress resistant cattle are bredKailas Ramasamy gently guides his cows into a hangar-sized shed, tethers them to their posts, lays out their fodder and cleans the floor. Then, as he steps out, he flips a switch: ceiling fans begin to blow air on the cattle.Ramasamy’s dairy farm is an hour outside southern India’s Bengaluru city. Usually known for its moderate weather, the region has
  • Fans, sprinklers and cold baths for cows: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat

    Fans, sprinklers and cold baths for cows: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat
    Milk and cheese output fromworld’s largest producer faces catastrophic decline unless more heat stress resistant cattle are bredKailas Ramasamy gently guides his cows into a hangar-sized shed, tethers them to their posts, lays out their fodder and cleans the floor. Then, as he steps out, he flips a switch: ceiling fans begin to blow air on the cattle.Ramasamy’s dairy farm is an hour outside southern India’s Bengaluru city. Usually known for its moderate weather, the region has
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  • Greyhound racing is morally unjustifiable – it should be banned | Letter

    Greyhound racing is morally unjustifiable – it should be banned | Letter
    Labour Senedd member Carolyn Thomas on efforts by her and others to impose a ban in WalesDavid Lipsey is morally wrong to suggest that greyhound racing is not cruel for dogs (Letters, 15 June). The fact that he has to explain that the industry has had to make “sustained … efforts” to reduce injury only serves to reinforce the dangers involved in this “sport”.I have seen first-hand the horrific injuries meted out to greyhounds when visiting the Almost Home Dog Rescu
  • Chinese police stop lorry carrying 386 dogs to slaughter at canine-meat festival – video

    Chinese police stop lorry carrying 386 dogs to slaughter at canine-meat festival – video
    Chinese police pulled over a lorry carrying 386 dogs to slaughter at the annual dog-meat festival in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, which was scheduled to start on Tuesday – the summer solstice. Lin Xiong, one of the activists who watched the vehicle being pulled over, said: 'It was horrifying to see so many dogs in such an appalling state, it was like a truck from hell for these poor animals.'In 2020, China’s ministry for agriculture and rural affairs ruled that dogs were
  • 386 dogs rescued from truck heading to China dog meat festival

    386 dogs rescued from truck heading to China dog meat festival
    Activists found creative ways to save dogs being killed for Yulin dog meat festival Chinese police have intercepted a truck carrying 386 dogs to slaughter at the annual dog-meat eating festival in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, which was scheduled to start on Tuesday – the day of the summer solstice.Footage from the scene showed the dogs were crammed into wire cages in poor conditions. On discovering the truck last weekend, animal rights’ activists worried that some of them may
  • Racing greyhounds are well looked after | Letter

    Racing greyhounds are well looked after | Letter
    Racing is not cruel or dangerous for the dogs, and the vast majority are successfully rehomed after retirement, writes David LipseyJane Dodds is right that retired greyhounds make great pets (Letters, 5 June). But greyhounds in this country are not “cruelly treated” as she claims. They are invariably and passionately loved by the trainers and the staff who look after them. And racing is not cruel or dangerous for the dogs. Thanks to sustained industry efforts, the injury rate in race
  • Extreme breeding of ‘cute’ English bulldogs risks UK ban, say vets

    Extreme breeding of ‘cute’ English bulldogs risks UK ban, say vets
    Experts call for redefinition of breed to curb fixation on excessively short noses and wrinkled skinEnglish bulldogs must be bred with less extreme features to improve their health and to prevent breeding from being banned in the UK on welfare grounds, veterinarians have said.A study by the Royal Veterinary College found that distinctive features of English bulldogs such as their flat faces, protruding lower jaws and folds of skin contribute to them being twice as likely as other breeds to have
  • More than 20 million farm animals die on way to abattoir in US every year

    More than 20 million farm animals die on way to abattoir in US every year
    Guardian analysis reveals toll of heat stress, cold and trauma amid rise in long-distance and more frequent journeysTens of millions of farm animals in the US are dying before they can be slaughtered, according to a Guardian investigation exposing the deadly conditions under which animals are transported around the country.Approximately 20 million chickens, 330,000 pigs and 166,000 cattle are dead on arrival, or soon after, at abattoirs in the US every year, analysis of publicly available data s
  • Animals farmed: pigs cloned by robots, horsemeat trial and bird flu culls

    Animals farmed: pigs cloned by robots, horsemeat trial and bird flu culls
    Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the webFrance is putting 18 people, including two veterinarians, on trial over their alleged involvement in Europe’s horsemeat scandal. Defendants are accused of participation in the supply of horsemeat unfit for human consumption across the continent, with those accused coming from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Continue reading...
  • ‘Breeding faster than we can rescue’: responsible UK ferret owners wanted

    ‘Breeding faster than we can rescue’: responsible UK ferret owners wanted
    Animal welfare groups report an influx of stray or abandoned ferrets. They can make great pets – but do your research firstWhen Angela Taylor was called to assist with three pregnant ferrets abandoned in a crate in a stranger’s garden, one was already in labour. “Her kits didn’t survive,” says Taylor, who has run Chase Ferret Rescue in Derbyshire for more than 20 years, “but the other two had six babies, which is a lot of mouths to feeds and then find homes fo
  • Rodeo is cruel and abusive – it’s time for New Zealand to ban it

    Rodeo is cruel and abusive – it’s time for New Zealand to ban it
    As animal welfare groups take the government to court over rodeo activities, Kiwis are waking up to just how widespread animal cruelty is When you think of New Zealand, you probably don’t think of cowboys. Despite the number of cows that are farmed here, cowboy culture is distinctly out of place in Aotearoa.Nonetheless, a small population of self-styled “rodeo cowboys” regularly get together to participate in violent events such as bull riding, horse bucking and calf roping. Al
  • UK watchdog bans vegan TV ad for showing violence towards animals

    UK watchdog bans vegan TV ad for showing violence towards animals
    ASA received 63 complaints for Vegan Friendly UK advert aimed at highlighting hypocrisy among meat-eatersThe advertising watchdog has banned a TV ad for Vegan Friendly UK after receiving complaints about graphic violence towards animals.
    The ad, shown in March, was intended to highlight hypocrisy among meat-eaters who said they cared about animal welfare.It showed two women and one man eating around a table juxtaposed with clips of a fish head still gasping for air, a live piglet alongside a pig
  • US bird flu outbreak: millions of birds culled in ‘most inhumane way available’

    US bird flu outbreak: millions of birds culled in ‘most inhumane way available’
    Controversial asphyxiation method used in 73% of culls this year despite vets urging its use to be limitedThe US poultry industry has increasingly switched to “the most inhumane method available” to cull tens of millions of birds during the latest outbreak of avian influenza, according to government data.Outbreaks of the disease, also known as bird flu, have wreaked havoc across Europe and the US this year, with 38 million birds killed in the US so far.But how these birds are killed
  • Unscrupulous ivory traders can evade new UK ban, charity says

    Unscrupulous ivory traders can evade new UK ban, charity says
    Sellers could pass off elephant products as derivatives from unprotected mammals, Born Free Foundation saysIvory peddlers may continue to sell elephant tusks after a new ban by disguising their products as walrus or narwhal derivatives, campaigners have warned.From Monday, trade in elephant teeth and tusks is illegal in the UK, punishable by fines of up to £250,000 or up to five years in prison under the Ivory Act. Pre-1975 musical instruments and antique items of “outstanding import
  • Animal Rebellion protesters run on to track before Epsom Derby

    Animal Rebellion protesters run on to track before Epsom Derby
    Dozens of police officers remove six female campaigners wearing sashes reading ‘Animal Justice’Six female protesters from the Animal Rebellion campaign group ran on to the track before the Epsom Derby on Saturday afternoon and were removed by police.Dozens of police officers could be seen working to remove the protesters, who were wearing sashes reading “Animal Justice”. Continue reading...
  • Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk

    Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk
    Exclusive: Focus on human needs must not result in impact on animals being overlooked, say researchersTaking a pet everywhere for emotional support, from aeroplanes to the daily shop, may be all the rage, but experts have warned animal welfare is at risk of being overlooked.The use of emotional support animals has boomed in recent years, with myriad cases hitting the headlines, from the peacock that was denied a seat on a United Airlines plane, to the cat that was banned from Sainsbury’s.
  • Johnny Depp spotted holding badger cub at Kent wildlife sanctuary

    Johnny Depp spotted holding badger cub at Kent wildlife sanctuary
    Actor, fresh from US defamation case win against Amber Heard, has been touring UK playing gigs with Jeff BeckIn the latest stop of his UK tour, only days after winning a multimillion-dollar defamation trial against Amber Heard, Johnny Depp was spotted holding a cub badger outside of the nation’s capital.“Guess who’s been to see us,” Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, which has garnered thousands of likes in less than 24 hours. “That&rs
  • Anthony Albanese says live sheep exports won’t be phased out before 2025

    Anthony Albanese says live sheep exports won’t be phased out before 2025
    PM reveals Labor remains committed to ending trade but first needs to consult with farmers and Western Australian government Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingAnthony Albanese has ruled out phasing out live sheep exports within his first term of government.The prime minister reaffirmed his government’s commitment to ending the trade, but said it would consult sheep farmers and the Western Australian government before committing to a timeline. Continue reading...
  • Animal Rebellion activists arrested after disrupting platinum jubilee event on Mall

    Animal Rebellion activists arrested after disrupting platinum jubilee event on Mall
    Officers make several arrests after protesters jump over barriers during trooping the colour paradeAnimal rights activists linked to Extinction Rebellion have been arrested after disrupting the start of platinum jubilee celebrations by storming the Mall during the trooping the colour parade.Scotland Yard said officers made several arrests after the protesters jumped over barriers lining the Mall and confronted marching Grenadier Guards with leaflets demanding an end to hunting on royal land. Con
  • ‘It’s neocolonialism’: campaign to ban UK imports of hunting trophies condemned

    ‘It’s neocolonialism’: campaign to ban UK imports of hunting trophies condemned
    African delegation says proposed new law ignores local voices and could harm rather than save wildlife
    Britain’s international environment minister, Zac Goldsmith, and celebrity anti-trophy campaigners like Ricky Gervais have been accused of neocolonialism by African community leaders, who warn they are ignoring the voices of people who live alongside elephants, lions and other wildlife.The UK government is expected to bring forward a ban on the import of hunting trophies during this parli
  • She experimented on primates for decades. Now she wants to shut down the labs

    She experimented on primates for decades. Now she wants to shut down the labs
    Lisa Jones-Engel quit her work as a lab researcher when she began to see how ‘like us’ monkeys are“Right here! Beneath our feet! Are 300 monkeys! They haven’t seen sunshine! In years!”Lisa Jones-Engel stands outside the entrance to the Washington National Primate Research Center along with two dozen other protesters – most 30 years younger than she. Her long gray-blond ponytail tucked over one shoulder, she yells into a megaphone. As she shouts, another part o
  • Animal rights activists ‘sprayed with cow poo’ at meat industry event

    Animal rights activists ‘sprayed with cow poo’ at meat industry event
    Animal Justice Project protesters who scaled roof at expo in County Durham say they were confronted by angry farmersAnimal rights activists have scaled the roof of a national beef industry event in protest against the meat industry.The demonstration, which began in the early hours of Saturday, is said to have resulted in one protester being taken to hospital after chaos unfolded outside Darlington Farmers Auction Mart (DFAM) in County Durham. Continue reading...
  • Animal rights activists ‘sprayed with cow poo’ in protest against meat industry

    Animal rights activists ‘sprayed with cow poo’ in protest against meat industry
    Animal Justice Project protesters who scaled roof at beef industry event in County Durham say they were confronted by angry farmersAnimal rights activists have scaled the roof of a national beef industry event in protest against the meat industry.The demonstration, which began in the early hours of Saturday, is said to have resulted in one protester being taken to hospital after chaos unfolded outside Darlington Farmers Auction Mart (DFAM) in County Durham. Continue reading...
  • What’s with all the new dog breeds? We ask an expert

    What’s with all the new dog breeds? We ask an expert
    Evolutionary biologist Frank Hailer on how the human obsession with cute-looking canines is affecting the speciesThe animal charity Blue Cross is campaigning to stop pugs and French bulldogs being featured in advertisements. It hopes to slow demand for thea flat-faced pooches where “overbreeding” is causing breathing and walking difficulties. Yet new breeds of dogs are introduced each year. How are there so many? And what does this mean for dogs? I asked evolutionary biologist Frank
  • Kurt Zouma admits animal welfare offences over cat kicking video

    Kurt Zouma admits animal welfare offences over cat kicking video
    West Ham defender pleads guilty after footage showed him kicking and slapping his petThe West Ham defender and French international Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences over video footage showing him kicking and slapping a cat.Zouma appeared at Thames magistrates court alongside his brother Yoan who filmed the video that appeared on social media in February to widespread condemnation. Kurt Zouma pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act. Continue reading...
  • The annual Farne Islands puffin count returns – in pictures

    The annual Farne Islands puffin count returns – in pictures
    National Trust rangers return after the pandemic to carry out a census of the birds on the Farne Islands. Photographer Christopher Thomond visits‘They will often give you a wee nip’: rangers count puffins on Farne Islands Continue reading...
  • From bored goldfish to sexist dogs: 13 common pet problems - solved!

    From bored goldfish to sexist dogs: 13 common pet problems - solved!
    Does your rabbit chew the table legs? Are your gerbils constantly squabbling? Our crack squad of animal behaviourists are here to help
    Remember last summer, when it emerged that a scruffy blond resident of No 10 couldn’t get a grip on his amorous urges? Well, here’s hoping Dilyn, the Johnsons’ jack russell cross, has since undergone some training. As many of the 3.2 million UK families who acquired a pet during the pandemic are discovering, our animals’ behaviour doesn&rs
  • Gloves made of cat fur sold at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

    Gloves made of cat fur sold at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market
    Animal activists who sent unlabelled gloves to forensic lab say buyers trying to make ethical choices are being misledGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA pair of unlabelled fur gloves being sold for $20 at a stall in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market have been found to contain domestic cat fur, activists say.The discovery was made during a joint investigation by the Collective Fashion Justice group and the Animal Justice party, who sent the gloves for testing at a forens
  • Lab-grown meat firms say post-Brexit UK could be at forefront

    Lab-grown meat firms say post-Brexit UK could be at forefront
    Technology, touted as low-carbon, faces long regulation process in EU but industry hopes UK will expedite approvalBritain could become a world leader in cultured meat production post-Brexit by outflanking the EU to bring the hi-tech products to market swiftly, industry leaders say.Cultured meat is grown from animal cells in a bioreactor that can be powered by 100% renewable energy, thereby curbing both greenhouse gas emissions and animal cruelty. Continue reading...
  • Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses

    Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses
    EU concern over ‘cruel’ practice of taking blood from mares to create hormone products that increase reproduction in farmed animalsIceland is under pressure to ban the production of a hormone extracted from pregnant horses, a practice that has been described as “cruel” and “animal abuse”.The hormone is used by farmers across the UK and Europe to increase reproduction in pigs, cows and other female farm animals.Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) is extract
  • Shoes made from grapes and mushroom handbags: the rise of animal-free leather

    Shoes made from grapes and mushroom handbags: the rise of animal-free leather
    ‘Alt leather’ is becoming increasingly mainstream thanks to a drive towards more sustainable fashionWould you ever wear shoes made from “grape leather”? Or gloves in “cactus leather”? What about a “kombucha leather” jacket and a “mushroom leather” bag? With the drive towards more sustainable fashion, the burgeoning world of animal-free “alt leathers” is becoming increasingly mainstream. This week saw the launch of new sustai
  • California court okays import of foie gras from out of state, barred in 2012

    California court okays import of foie gras from out of state, barred in 2012
    The law, passed in 2004, went into effect in 2012 and banned the sale of the delicacy if produced by force feeding geese or ducksA California law that effectively bans foie gras sales in the state was limited in part on Friday. Californians can continue purchasing the controversial pate from out-of-state retailers, the ninth circuit court of appeals said in a ruling.The law, which passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012, bars the sale of foie gras if produced by force feeding geese or ducks,
  • Greens and animal welfare groups push for Labor to give timeline for live export ban

    Greens and animal welfare groups push for Labor to give timeline for live export ban
    Opposition says it will recommit to phasing out live sheep exports from Western Australia but has not indicated when it will do soGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesThe Greens and animal welfare groups have called on Labor to commit to a timeline for phasing out live sheep exports, after the opposition said it still intended to ban the trade.Labor told the Alliance for Animals that it will recommit to its policy of phasi
  • US egg factory roasts alive 5.3m chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker

    US egg factory roasts alive 5.3m chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker
    Laborers worked for a month disposing of birds killed in a gruesomely inhumane manner. Then they found they too were disposableLabourers at the one of the world’s largest egg factories arrived at the plant in Rembrandt, Iowa, early one morning in March to discover they were about to work themselves out of a job.As they gathered at the huge barns housing stacks of caged hens, the workers were told to forget about their usual routine of collecting eggs and feeding the birds. Overnight, the f
  • US egg factory roasts alive 5.3 million chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker

    US egg factory roasts alive 5.3 million chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker
    Laborers worked for a month disposing of birds killed in a gruesomely inhumane manner. Then they found they too were disposable
    Labourers at the one of the world’s largest egg factories arrived at the plant in Rembrandt, Iowa, early one morning in March to discover they were about to work themselves out of a job.As they gathered at the huge barns housing stacks of caged hens, the workers were told to forget about their usual routine of collecting eggs and feeding the birds. Overnight, the
  • The horse was brutally abused. I jumped in to save her, only to learn a lot about myself

    The horse was brutally abused. I jumped in to save her, only to learn a lot about myself
    Was my rescuing a starving racehorse an act of generosity or a quid pro quo?On a balmy day in early October, I found an aged polo pony named Abuelita panting in a locked stall, her matted hair bearing the mark of the saddle that had recently been on her, a gash across her cheek. Her legs were trembling from exhaustion, her eyes sunken from dehydration, her ribs pushing through her coat.It was my third week riding at the private farm of a Connecticut-based polo player, a property I’d landed
  • I saved an abused, broken horse. Or did she save me?

    I saved an abused, broken horse. Or did she save me?
    Was my rescuing a starving racehorse an act of generosity, or a quid pro quo?On a balmy day in early October, I found an aged polo pony named Abuelita panting in a locked stall, her matted hair bearing the mark of the saddle that had recently been on her, a gash across her cheek. Her legs were trembling from exhaustion, her eyes sunken from dehydration, her ribs pushing through her coat.It was my third week riding at the private farm of a Connecticut-based polo player, a property I’d lande
  • The volunteers saving animals in Ukraine – photo essay

    The volunteers saving animals in Ukraine – photo essay
    Organisations and volunteers are coordinating daily rescues to transport thousands of animals to EU countries, despite the lack of safe evacuation routes. Photojournalist Javier Fergo looks at how they are doing itMore than 5 million people have fled Ukraine and millions more have been internally displaced since the start of the Russian invasion. But volunteers have also been coordinating daily rescue missions to save thousands of the country’s non-human population too – pets, farm a
  • Crabs and lobsters may get similar rights to mammals in UK experiments

    Crabs and lobsters may get similar rights to mammals in UK experiments
    Exclusive: Guardian learns sentience law could mean strict welfare rules extended to crustaceans and decapodsScientific experiments on crabs and lobsters could be curbed when the animal sentience bill becomes law, the Guardian has learned.There are few restrictions on how crustaceans and decapods can be treated in scientific studies, in contrast with mice and other mammals, for which there are strict welfare laws. Continue reading...
  • Crabs and lobsters may get similar rights in UK experiments as mammals

    Crabs and lobsters may get similar rights in UK experiments as mammals
    Exclusive: Guardian learns sentience law could mean strict welfare rules extended to crustaceans and decapodsScientific experiments on crabs and lobsters could be curbed when the animal sentience bill becomes law, the Guardian has learned.There are few restrictions on how crustaceans and decapods can be treated in scientific studies, in contrast with mice and other mammals, for which there are strict welfare laws. Continue reading...
  • In brief: I Fear for This Boy; Wet Paint; How to Love Animals – review

    In brief: I Fear for This Boy; Wet Paint; How to Love Animals – review
    Juicy anecdotes from celebrity jeweller Theo Fennell, a quirky tale of a young woman from Chloë Ashby and a vivid study of our relationship with animals by Henry ManceTheo Fennell
    Mensch, £25, 277pp Continue reading...
  • Cats, dogs and Musy the donkey: welcome to Kashmir’s first animal rescue centre

    Cats, dogs and Musy the donkey: welcome to Kashmir’s first animal rescue centre
    A husband and wife team who opened the region’s only sanctuary now care for more than 1,000 rescues and have helped hundreds find homesOn an isolated stretch of land on the banks of Jhelum River in Srinagar, a baby donkey stands in a pen eating straw. He’s been nursed back to health by staff at the first – and only – animal rescue centre in Indian-administered Kashmir.Weeks earlier, on a freezing February morning, the wailing noise from the donkey, called Musy, abandoned
  • ‘Frankenchicken’ at the centre of fight for animal welfare

    ‘Frankenchicken’ at the centre of fight for animal welfare
    Cost of living crisis could stall campaign to phase out the modern genetically selected fast-growing broilerThe Ross 308 is one of the most successful products in consumer history, with many tens of billions sold around the world over the last decade.With its own 15-page performance manual, low production costs and a bargain price for shoppers, it is marketed as the world’s most popular meat chicken. Continue reading...
  • Cheaper than chips … ‘Frankenchicken’ at the centre of fight for animal welfare

    Cheaper than chips … ‘Frankenchicken’ at the centre of fight for animal welfare
    Cost of living crisis could stall campaign to phase out the modern genetically selected fast-growing broilerThe Ross 308 is one of the most successful products in consumer history, with many tens of billions sold around the world over the last decade.With its own 15-page performance manual, low production costs and a bargain price for shoppers, it is marketed as the world’s most popular meat chicken. Continue reading...

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