UK Animals

Making the World a Better Place for Animals: Animal Rights or Animal Welfare Science?

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Many of us want to see a better world for animals. A world where animals are never cruelly and intentionally abused, where dogs are not pitted against...

This Dog Singing 'I Will Survive' Will Make You Want To Adopt All The Pets In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK

Animal charity The Blue Cross has released a new advert featuring an unwanted pet dog singing singing 'I Will Survive' as he is liberated from his abu...

Cecil The Lion's Killer Speaks Out, Doesn't Rule Out Future Hunts

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK

Walter Palmer, the American dentist accused of killing Cecil the Lion says he intends to return to work this week, as he refuses to rule out attending...

Bringing Big Blue Home

Steve Backshall | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

The undoubted highlight of my recent summer filming whales in California for the BBC, was the moment we captured a blue whale live on camera for the very first time... If we want humpbacks lunge feeding and breaching off our coast, we need their food fish back in huge quantities, and that will only happen with protection; which ultimately benefits EVERYONE, including fishermen and fish eaters... So what can we as Brits do, to make our blue spaces better places? Here's my top suggestions.

8 Types Of People Found At Fashion Week (As Illustrated By Animals)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Style

Fashion Editors Sat there on the FROW (front row, daaahling) with the same nonchalant expression. Sometimes they wear sunglasses indoors. Becau...

This Bird Has Got Lip-Syncing Nailed

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Comedy

Meet Patrick Jane - a pet cockatiel who can lip sync perfectly to 'Dilemma' by Nelly & Kelly. Next up we're hoping to see a rendition of 'I Knew You W...

Government Authorises Further Badger Culls Against a Tide of Evidence

Mark Jones | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

The weight of scientific evidence and expert opinion suggests that badger culling should play no part in bovine TB control policy. Killing badgers is nothing more than an ineffective, inhumane and expensive distraction, and is proving to be a public relations disaster for government and for the farming industry. Unfortunately, it seems that scientific evidence, expert and public opinion counts for little.

Cats vs. Lasers

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Comedy

Cats are quite easily distracted by the little red dots you can shine on the wall with a laser pointer. It must be something to do with evolution, bec...

Monterey Bay

Steve Backshall | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Steve Backshall

Every day the team and I were out at sea in the bay we recorded vast shoals of baitfish, as well as a deeper layer of the crustacean krill that seemed everlasting. At night we dived amongst gargantuan shoals of market squid, here to spawn in their hundreds of tonnes.

Adorable Raccoon Goes Swimming, Brother Freaks Out About It

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Comedy

One of these raccoons is a daredevil, but the other is terrified of water. So what happened when the naughty little creature went for a little dip? Hi...

George Monbiot Butchering A Squirrel Live On Newsnight Is Every Bit As Weird As It Sounds

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

TheBBC's flagship news analysis show played host to a "ready steady cook tribute band" on Thursday, broadcasting conservationist George Monbiot butche...

QUIZ! So You Call Yourself A Dog Person...

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

Call yourself a dog person? It's time to put your knowledge to the test in honour of National Dog Day. ...

If You're Scared Of Spiders, We've Got Some Very Bad News For You

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.08.2015 | UK

In news that nobody wants to hear, more giant house spiders are set to head indoors thanks to this summer’s weather. The spiders, which can grow ...

Student Spends Thousands To Adopt Stray Dog In Crete Who Saved Her From Harassment By Two Men

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student who was harassed by two men while on holiday in Crete has spent thousands of pounds to adopt the dog who saved her from the attack. Georg...

Horse Stabbed And 'Sexually Violated' In Horrific Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK

Police are hunting for a depraved attacker after a horse had to be put down after being stabbed twice and “sexually violated”. The 18-year-old ...

Why the US and Australia Offer More Hope for Dogs Than the UK

Janetta Harvey | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Janetta Harvey

For the sake of the dogs, campaigners must stick it out through what often seem like pitch-black dark days of hopelessness. My hopes have struggled to stay afloat, let alone rise, over the past year as UK politicians seem determinedly unwilling to make any difference in the foreseeable future to breeding dogs' lives.

Five Countries With Interesting National Animals

Frontier | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Scotland having the unicorn - yes, the unicorn - as its national animal is quite extraordinary and dates back to the 12th century when it was in the Celtic mythology, but did you know it is not the only country with an interesting national animal?

The Elephant's Only Predator

Frontier | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

Elephants have no natural predators, yet they are now endangered. The closest thing to a predator is lions preying on the youngsters of a herd. So why has the elephant population shrunk so far the species is in danger of being extinct? As so often, the answer is humans.

Furious Ricky Gervais Sides With Bull That Gored Matador To Death In Spain

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

A matador has been gored to death by a bull after taking part in an annual summer festival in Spain, sparking a furious outcry from ardent animal righ...

Just A Video Of A Woman On A Quad Bike Being Chased By A Terrifying Koala

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Comedy

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Loki: The Cat Who Crossed London - and the Thames - to See Me Again

Jody Thompson | Posted 15.08.2015 | UK
Jody Thompson

Last night, while I was casually cooking dinner, something rather unbelievable happened. A cat I'd fostered earlier this year appeared, miaowing, at my open kitchen window - having taken three weeks to travel all the way across London, from his new home in Brixton to my flat in Kilburn.

Breeding Cruelty - The Problem With Lion Tourism in Africa

Neil D’Cruze | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Neil D’Cruze

The death of Cecil the lion has caused global public outrage, the like of which has never been seen before. On World Lion Day it is also important to remember the many thousands of lions whose welfare, and perhaps very existence, remain under threat from the unethical tourism taking place in Africa today.

Call Me a Crazy Cat Lady, but I Think It Is the Rest of the World That Has Lost Its Mind

Tracey Morgan | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

Guys, to put it frankly, things out there are desperate. There are so many strays on the streets, feral cats, those that have been discarded by their so called owners and those who are lost. Yet, still many people are letting their cats breed.

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?

Marie Carter | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Marie Carter

What troubles me about the French attitude to dogs is that they seem to regard these cute canines more as commodities than we do in the UK. In France, as in large swathes of the continent, you can easily buy a puppy from a pet shop. You can, if the mood took you, pop out for a pint of milk and come back with a pooch.

Animal Encounters: Registration Reform?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

On November 14 2013 Steve Rowlands, owner of Tropical Inc, was convicted of 34 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. A whistle-blower working wi...