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UK animal rights activist convicted in blackmail plot

A British animal rights activist has been found guilty of involvement in a 10-year campaign of intimidation to try to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a major animal testing company. Debbie Vincent, 52, was convicted on Tuesday of being part of a plot by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) to blackmail suppliers and customers across Europe to force them to stop trading with the Cambridge-based company. Seven members of Shac were jailed for a total of 50 years in 2009 over the conspiracy, after which Vincent became the public face of the group, prosecutors said.

Ottawa to argue against EU ban of seal products at international hearing

GENEVA - An international trade organization will hear arguments from Ottawa on Monday in an appeal of a landmark ruling that upheld the European Union's ban on imported seal products. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she will argue at the three-day World Trade Organization hearing in Geneva what the Tories have steadfastly defended — that the seal hunt is humane, sustainable and well-regulated. "Any views to the contrary are based on myths, misinformation and misguided emotion," said Aglukkaq said in an opinion editorial released Sunday.

Croatia 'nightmare zoo' to close

A zoo on Croatia's Adriatic coast, which foreign tourists have labelled a nightmare and the worst they have ever seen, will close, an official said on Thursday. "The Split zoo is about to be closed .... wild animals should not live in such a place," deputy mayor Goran Kovacevic told reporters, quoted by the state-run HINA news agency. Local authorities have ordered the zoo's manager to prepare a programme for relocation of its animals and launch steps to turn the site into an amusement and education park with a botanical garden, he said.

Croatia 'nigtmare zoo' to close

A zoo on Croatia's Adriatic coast, which foreign tourists have labelled a nightmare and the worst they have ever seen, will close, an official said on Thursday. "The Split zoo is about to be closed .... wild animals should not live in such a place," deputy mayor Goran Kovacevic told reporters, quoted by the state-run HINA news agency. Local authorities have ordered the zoo's manager to prepare a programme for relocation of its animals and launch steps to turn the site into an amusement and education park with a botanical garden, he said.

Croatia's second city to close 'worst zoo in the world'

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's second largest city of Split will close its zoo, described by foreign tourists as the 'worst in the world', its deputy mayor said on Thursday. "We have told the zoo manager to start preparations and draft a program to relocate all animals," Goran Kovacevic was cited as saying by the national news agency Hina. Monkeys will be sent to Germany while a solution for a 14-year old tiger is still being considered, he said.

Rio to ban cosmetic surgery... for dogs, cats

Lawmakers in Rio de Janeiro, where plastic surgery is all the rage, have approved draft legislation banning cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats, Brazilian media said Wednesday. Conservative lawmaker Graca Pereira is behind the move to ban procedures such as tail docking -- the cutting off of part of an animal's tail -- and removal of cat claws, as well as ear cropping for dogs.

Man gets 26 months for killing Edmonton police dog

EDMONTON - A man who killed an Edmonton police dog has been sentenced to 26 months in prison. Paul Joseph Vukmanich has also been banned from owning a pet for 25 years. Judge Larry Anderson told Vukmanich on Friday that he didn't just attack a dog. "It's an attack on your society and it's an attack on what's meaningful in society." Court heard that Vukmanich was high on drugs and fleeing from police last fall when he repeatedly stabbed the dog named Quanto.

Man who stabbed Edmonton police dog to be sentenced for animal cruelty

EDMONTON - The sentence will be handed down today for a man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the death of an Edmonton police dog earlier this year. Paul Joseph Vukmanich was high on drugs and fleeing from police last October when he repeatedly stabbed the dog named Quanto. Officers had set the German shepherd loose after Vukmanich crashed a car with stolen plates and ran away on foot. The case garnered national attention after police officers complained that the toughest charge which could be laid was animal cruelty.

Alleged Singapore military camp dog abuse sparks row

Singapore's military has sparked an online storm after punishing a whistle-blowing soldier for leaking video footage of a dog allegedly being abused inside an army camp. The controversy was triggered after a soldier filmed a cowering stray dog suspended by a taut white rope around its neck in a military camp bathroom, preventing it from lying down or moving around. He released it to an animal rights activist, a member of local group Animal Lovers League, who subsequently shared the video on Facebook on January 14.

Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in death of Edmonton police dog Quanto

EDMONTON - Const. Matt Williamson used to tell his young children that he gave bad guys time outs in jail while their dog, Quanto, helped by barking. But when the Edmonton police dog was stabbed to death last fall, Williamson's six-year-old daughter started to ponder the real dangers of the work. Crying, she went to her dad one day with a question. "'If Quanto's job was to protect you from bad guys ... is a bad guy going to kill you?'" Williamson recalled in a victim impact statement read in court. "She now never lets me leave for work without a hug."
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