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# Animal Rights

This year
Several arrests made after protesters try to stop Scottish Grand National
Police Scotland made several arrests after, group Animal Rising said, around 25 of its supporters made their way on to the track.
New Zealand feral cat-killing competition for kids is axed after backlash
Organisers of an annual hunting competition had announced a new category for children under 14 to hunt feral cats.
Four people to appear in court after 38 dogs found in inhumane conditions in Citywest
Other animals recovered from the premises included cats, parrots, tarantulas, a snake, a scorpion and a millipede.
Last year
‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe
Department audit finds some operators not complying with feeding intervals, Noteworthy reveals.
‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU
Noteworthy finds the State has little to no control over what happens to animals once they leave Ireland.
'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
A report by
Niall Sargent
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws.
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common
Owners leaving dogs at shelters citing mental health issues, housing problems and cost of living
Animals in pounds that can’t be rehomed are often put down.
Swiss region to vote on giving primates fundamental rights
The vote was triggered by animal rights group, Sentience, and if passed, would give primates a right to life.
All time
Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade
Animal welfare campaigner Caroline Rowley outlines why she is challenging the State’s enforcement of EU law to protect farm animals exported abroad.
All eyes on the Greens as TD calls for hare coursing to be banned
TD Paul Murphy has called or cross-party support for the Bill.
OPW sold carcasses of Phoenix Park deer culled by state-hired marksman to game dealer
Annual culls are carried out by the OPW to manage the number of wild deer in the park.
'There are horses across the main N2 road, at Darndale, and they are in bits'
It’s not as bad as it was years ago but residents in Dublin still see problems with unlicensed horses.
'If you go to Pamplona to be chased by a bull, you’re participating in his long, painful death'
If your idea of fun is running with the bulls in Pamplona, you need to rethink your ethics, writes Grace McKeown.
Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration'
Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.
Bullfighting ban in Catalonia is cancelled as it is 'part of Spain's heritage'
Catalonia’s regional parliament voted to abolish bullfighting from January 1, 2012 after animal rights groups garnered 180,000 signatures for a petition.
Dublin City Council backs ban on animal circuses
Councillors voted in favour of the motion last night.
Clothing designer Armani to go fur-free and stop 'cruel practices' against animals
The designer brand made the announcement today.
Danish zoo criticised for dissecting a lion in front of a crowd of children
Zoo officials have defended it as educational.
WATCH: Outrage after animal rights group steals puppy from homeless man
The activists have defended their actions, and claimed the dog was being mistreated.
'Some people just care about money': Thailand under pressure over bizarre animal shows
The country’s treatment of animals is coming under increasing scrutiny from animal rights groups.
This year's King Puck has been picked... But what exactly happens at the Kerry fair?
The organisers of the Puck Fair have responded to criticism from animal rights groups.
Video: Lobsters 'liberated' from Dublin restaurant by animal rights activists
The activists say they have ‘no regrets’.
Watch the moment animal rights activists 'liberated' nine lobsters from a Dublin restaurant
The lobsters were later released into the sea in Clontarf.
Denmark has banned bestiality to stop "animal sex tourism"
But a lot of people were against the law.
Zlatan sparks controversy after allegedly shooting a moose
The incident is not the first time the 33-year-old striker’s love of hunting has been made apparent.
Man sent to jail... for buying and eating three tigers
He bought the tigers for “a huge amount of money”, Chinese media says.
Thanks given to Benjy the gay bull supporters as he sets sail for the UK
Sam Simon of Simpsons fame was one of the 321 people who helped save Benjy from the chopping block.
Realistic-looking dead foxes used to confront shoppers on issue of fur farming
In case you saw them from across the street earlier, and were wondering what was going on.
'Shocked and horrified': Bodies of 11 greyhounds found on Irish ferry
It is believed the dogs suffocated in transit during the 14-hour journey.
Kildare may have seen its last ever animal circus in the county
The motion, which goes before Kildare County Council, has the support of Mayor Fiona O’Loughlin.
Dog of Texas nurse with Ebola won't be put down
There was uproar when it was suggested that the dog of a Spanish Ebola patient be put down.
Ebola: Outrage as Spanish authorities plan to euthanise pet dog of infected nurse
A petition to stop it has tens of thousands of signatures already.
Joan Burton reprimanded by animal rights group after "skin a cat" comment
Joan. Cat menacer.
Video: Would you eat meat from the offspring of clones?
Good sense or Frankenfood? The issue is coming up for debate again in Europe.
Aaron McKenna: Animal circuses are a shameful cruelty that you should avoid funding
Hopefully in 100 years we’ll look back on animals in circuses like we now do about Victorian ‘freak show’ performances using disabled people.
Ireland culled up to 39,000 badgers in six years
The Department of Agriculture is trialling a vaccination programme in a number of counties to see how effective it is but most badgers captured are shot.
Australian minister questions PETA tactics over video of sheep being beaten
The video shows shearers beating and throwing the animals, stamping on their necks and stitching wounds apparently without anaesthetic.
Activists 'alarmed' after circus camel walks into traffic
It’s led to new calls for a ban on wild animals in circuses.
'Bloody' demonstrations to be held against badger culling
The Department of Agriculture has tendered for organisations to capture and vaccinate badgers.
Duffy's Circus brands criticism of their use of sea lions as "misleading and hurtful"
The circus has said that they treat their animals’ welfare as a “top priority”.