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Rare Leopard cubs born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Three new arrivals are causing great excitement at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster.

The Amur Leopard cubs were born earlier this summer and are part of an international conservation programme.

With only 30 of this endangered species living in the wild their birth is being seen as one the most important at the Park since it opened in 2009. Gaynor Barnes reports.

Campaigners oppose chicken farm plans in Hull

Plans to build a so-called 'intensive chicken farm' near Hull housing 322,000 chicks have been met with opposition from animal rights campaigners who fear the birds will be subject to a "lifetime of pain and suffering."

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The planned farm at Wyton would include six Broiler houses, to replace eight chicken sheds already on the site.

More than 2,600 people have signed a petition started by PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Gordon Miller from the group told ITV News: "Factory farms, such as the one planned, typically cram chickens into sheds by the thousands or tens of thousands, which results in outbreaks of disease, ammonia burns from the filthy air, smothering and heart attacks."

PETA is now urging people living near the site to raise their oppositions with East Riding Council planners.

The developer behind the plans has so far been unavailable for comment.

Fire service rescues trapped pooch

Lily ran head first into the gate and got stuck

A Pekingese pooch got into quite a pickle this afternoon after becoming trapped in a garden gate. Owner, Pat Cole, dialled 999 as a last resort after eight-year-old Lily ran head first into the gate and became tightly lodged. Technical rescue officer Ian Stead was quickly on the scene and used a tried and tested technique to tilt Lily by 90 degrees and dislodge her. Fortunately Lily was not hurt by her ordeal and is back home safe and sound.

Lily is safe and sound after her ordeal

360 pigs killed in arson attack

A fire at a farm in Beeford in the early hours of Monday morning has killed 360 pigs and caused upwards of £340,000 worth of damage.

The fire is believed to have been started sometime between 8pm on Sunday August 16 and 1.40am on Monday morning at a farm in Beeford, Driffield.

The fire service believe the fire was started by deliberately. The blaze started in a shed with 300 tonnes of straw, before spreading to a large steel barn with agricultural machinery and a pig pen.

Humberside Police are now urging anyone who believes they know anything about the arson to contact them.


Administrators called into halal abattoir

Caught on camera

Administrators have been called into a halal abattoir in North Yorkshire which hit the headlines earlier this year after hidden cameras filmed the alleged mistreatment of animals.

Buyers are now being sought for Bowood Farms Ltd in Thirsk. In February the Food Standards Agency said it had launched an investigation into the footage, saying it was considering whether prosecutions should be brought.

Animal rights group Animal Aid used hidden cameras to record footage over a period of three days in December which appeared to show sheep being kicked in the face and head, lifted by their ears, fleeces or legs, and hurled into solid structures.

Bowood Lamb said at the time the footage was released that it had dismissed one member of staff and suspended three others.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park leads campaign to save lions

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster is working to try to prevent the extinction of lions. Over the next three years it's helping to fund a group of rangers in Africa who will protect the big cats living in the wild. The issue of the hunting of lions hit the headlines with the killing of Cecil the lionby an American dentist. Victoria Whittam reports.

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