Animal cruelty

Calls for a ban on consumption of dog meat in UK

MPs call for ban on consumption of dog meat in the UK,
Millions of dogs are killed around the world for their meat every year.  There is no evidence that dog or indeed cat meat is eaten in the UK.  But MPs want the Government to set an example by banning the consumption of dog meat in this country.
Rachel Byrne reports for Today in Parliament:
Hear more from Today in Parliament on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30pm.

Calls for tougher penalties for pet theft

MPs debate a petition calling for tougher action against pet thieves
More than a hundred thousand people have signed a petition calling for tougher penalties for pet theft.  

The petition led to a debate in Westminster Hall, where MPs highlighted the distress caused by a crime that is increasing. 

David Cornock reports.

You can hear more from Today in Parliament on Radio 4 at 11.30pm.

Horses 'dumped and left to die'

Horses are being "fly-tipped" and left to die by irresponsible owners, says RSPCA
The RSPCA says horses are being dumped, fly-tipped with rubbish, and left to die by irresponsible owners. 
This exclusive film contains some graphic and distressing images of animal cruelty and dead horses, and you might not want children to watch.

Couple rescue abandoned dog on holiday

An East Yorkshire couple adopted a dog they found abandoned to die by a road in Crete

Nigel Owens says sentences for animal cruelty must be increased

The rugby referee was responding to calls from RSPCA Cymru to increase sentences.
The rugby referee was responding to calls from RSPCA Cymru to increase sentences from 6 months to 5 years for animal cruelty.