‘Out-of-control’ dogs kill 14-year-old girl
After a group of dogs savaged a schoolgirl in greater Manchester, calls to change the the law have intensified. But should regulation and punishment focus on the animals or their owners?
‘Serial killer’ cats menace New Zealand wildlife
Domestic cats are among the most lethal creatures on the planet, slaughtering up to 20 billion animals every year. Now, a campaigner in New Zealand has a simple solution: get rid of them.
Horsemeat discovered in British beef burgers
Consumers are disgusted by the discovery that a batch of Tesco beef burgers contained horsemeat. Why are we revolted by eating some animals but happy to feast on others?
Songbirds found using secret code to spot invaders
An Australian scientist has discovered an extraordinary evolutionary trick. Superb fairy-wrens, victimised by parasitic cuckoos, have learnt to defend themselves using secret passwords.
Carnage at Pamplona in running of the bulls
Every day this week, hordes of tourists will line Pamplona’s streets for the terrifying running of the bulls. They risk injury and death. Are these daredevils foolish or heroic?
American cougars return from the brink
After years on the endangered list, cougars have made a comeback in the USA. It is great news for the big cats – but can humans live with these deadly predators?
Scientists to put ‘yeti remains’ to the test
Yeti, Bigfoot, Nessie: the world is full of so-called, ‘cryptids,’ mythical creatures that some claim are real. Now scientists have launched a project to test the evidence for these beasts.
Ape’s war with humans displays advanced thinking
What do a chimp’s aggression and a whale’s compassion have in common? Both are evidence that animals are more intelligent than we ever thought. Is it time for a new approach on animal rights?
Dolphins are people too, scientists claim
Whales are incredibly intelligent: they can hold conversations, maintain friendships and solve complex problems. But are they really ‘people’ and should they, like humans, have rights?
Fury as blood-soaked ritual opens in Spain
A million people attend the San Fermín festival in Spain to watch bullrunning and bullfighting. But is this a rich cultural heritage or a barbaric bloodsport?
Chimps prove cleverer than four-year-olds
Our hairy cousins have managed to reinterpret an ancient fable by solving how to reach a tasty treat by using nothing but water. How would humans do in the same test?