animal welfare

Why are animals more important than unborn children?

14 February 2018 15:43

Most of the time I feel perfectly at ease in my own country, and that would be the case had…

No, we don’t need to be in the EU to tackle environmental issues

2 June 2016 17:19

David Cameron has been banging the anti-Brexit drum again, this time making the environmental case for staying in Europe. He has joined…

The RSPCA may be getting back to what it does best: animal welfare

14 May 2016 10:12

The RSPCA over the last decade has – many would say – lost its way, bogged down in a mess of private…

The government can’t be relied on to rear happy farm animals

8 April 2016 17:42

Yesterday, the government abandoned its plans to scrap farm animal welfare codes, but if you think that means the cheap…

What next for the pro-hunting lobby?

14 July 2015 13:05

Supporters of relaxing the hunting ban are relieved that the government has pulled tomorrow’s vote after it became clear that…

From the oldest pub in Britain to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

27 May 2015 15:15

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye…

Equine squatters: the topic that united the Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA

27 May 2015 10:26

In September last year I wrote about horses being illegally grazed and abandoned, and the inability of landowners to do…

Rural people have been let down by both Labour and the Conservatives

28 April 2015 16:33

In 1997, Labour could assert with a straight face that it was ‘the party of the countryside’, because it genuinely…

Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking…

Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry…

If this is a debate about animal welfare, we must repeal the Hunting Act and start again

18 February 2015 12:48

Today marks ten years of a ban on hunting a wild mammal with hounds in England and Wales, except under…

Another day, another UKIP dog whistle. Fancy that!

3 February 2015 16:34

You will recall that when Talleyrand died, Metternich is supposed to have asked ‘What did he mean by that?’ Say this for…

Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey… not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

28 October 2014 14:53

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of…

One dog down, in Spain’s Ebola panic

8 October 2014 16:17

[UPDATE: The dog is now dead, WSJ reports.] For anyone concerned about Spain’s ability to contain Ebola, after a Spanish…

Podcast: Cameron the radical, animal welfare and student sex

25 September 2014 10:14

How will Cameron be remembered in years to come? As a steady-as-she-goes pragmatist or a radical reformer? In actual fact,…

Why shooting Wigmore Hall was the kindest thing to do

23 September 2014 12:01

On Saturday, the Daily Mirror published a front-page photograph of the racehorse Wigmore Hall with a gun to his head,…

The equine squatters that landowners have no power to evict

3 September 2014 14:10

Fly-grazing will be discussed for two hours in Parliament this afternoon. But what is it – and why should the government care?…

What is going on at the RSPCA?

11 August 2014 17:24

listen to ‘John Humphrys and the #RSPCA case of Claude the cat ’ on Audioboo The RSPCA have hit the…

What has prosecuting farmers got to do with animal welfare?

12 May 2014 18:45

If you were concerned about animal welfare, would you choose to spend money on prosecuting farmers whose welfare is below…

Don’t chicken out of labelling food

9 May 2014 16:05

Do you know where the chicken in your lunchtime sandwich came from? Where it lived and how it died? For…