National Trust drops opposition to culling of TB badgers on its land

The National Trust will not oppose the killing of badgers on its Westcountry properties, if a cull of diseased animals is allowed by the Government. The trust has updated its stance on a cull, having previously stated that its preferences for dealing with the spread of bovine tuberculosis would be cattle-to-cattle controls and vaccination. But …

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Lush to launch greyhound protection campaign

Your support needed on October 13th! We are delighted to announce that Lush Cosmetics is launching an in-store campaign "to highlight the cruelty that is going on in greyhound racing". The campaign, which will run in more than 90 Lush stores throughout the UK and Ireland from October 11th - 17th, is aimed at helping …

Hilary Benn vows to fight plans to revoke hunting ban

Shadow environment secretary tells Labour conference government plan to allow free vote on revoking hunting ban will be fiercely resisted. Hilary Benn today vowed to fight plans to revoke the hunting ban Hilary Benn today vowed to fight plans to revoke the hunting ban. The shadow environment secretary, Hilary Benn, today vowed to oppose coalition …

Nets cut and dolphins released in Taiji, Japan

Divers from the European conservation organisation The Black Fish have last night cut the nets of six holding pens in Taiji, Japan, that were holding dolphins caught during a dolphin drive hunt a few days earlier. During this hunt a number of dolphins were selected for the international dolphinarium trade and transferred to these holding …

New RSPCA figures reveal shocking increase in badger crime calls

Statistics released by the RSPCA today show a shocking rise in reports of badger crime to Britain's biggest animal welfare charity. Reports of badger sett interference have more than doubled in the past five years, while the number of calls reporting badger digging or baiting leapt from 56 in 2008 to 89 last year. The …

Animal rights protest at George Osborne’s office

ANIMAL rights campaigners protested outside Tatton MP George Osborne’s constituency office on Saturday. Members of the anti-hunting group Fight Against Cameron Cruelty Threat (FACCT) displayed banners outside the Chancellor’s Knutsford office in Manchester Road. The campaigners were inspired to stage a peaceful protest following the Guardian’s front page story about hare coursing. In August, we …

Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson: ‘You don’t watch whales die and hold signs and do nothing’

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson speaks out on relationships with whales, protest versus intervention and veganism Michael Shapiro for Earth Island Journal, part of the Guardian Captain Paul Watson of anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd: 'I never did anything again for people; I did it for whales and other creatures of the sea' Paul Watson doesn't care …

Greyhound Trainer Charged After Cocaine Found in Dog

A trainer "attached" to Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium, who regularly races greyhounds there, has been charged with offences by greyhound racing authorities after one of his dogs tested positive for cocaine. Stuart Mason, who trains greyhounds at kennels near Wakefield, faces a Greyhound Board of Great Britain inquiry after it was confirmed that his dog Droopys …