Dog fighting pit bull owner avoids jail

The owner of an illegal pit bull terrier used in dog fighting and left without veterinary treatment has escaped being locked up. Mohammed Fedar swaggered out of West Bromwich Magistrates Court and posed gangster style for photographs after getting a 20-week sentence suspended for 12 months. Fedar, aged 20, of Westfield Road, Smethwick, was banned …

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Government welfare body attacks gamebird battery cages

The government's official advisory body on farmed animal welfare has today launched a devastating attack on the systems used to mass-produce pheasants and partridges for 'sport' shooting. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), in its Opinion on the Welfare of Farmed Gamebirds, is especially critical of battery cages for breeding birds. First exposed nationally by …