Costly canines: £13k to keep a dog

New research shows it costs more than £13k to keep a dog over its lifetime with Midlands' dogs' dinners coming in at £4000.

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The Big Butterfly Count: how to help out David Attenborough

The Big Butterfly Count will be running for the next three weeks, and organisers are hoping as many people as possible will take part, in their gardens or out for a stroll in the countryside.

With 59 different species of butterfly here in the UK, there are plenty to see, and Leicester local David Attenborough is getting very involved.

To take part - follow this link

Rescue teams practice saving drowning horse

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service specialist rescue team were training today - using a WOODEN horse. They were practising rescuing a horse from the water - using ropes and a hoist.

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Today's training at Swan Pool. Animal rescue techniques and large animals in water. More later... http://t.co/BVN5F0uRCx

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Why do we have animal testing?

File picture of a laboratory Credit: Grgur Zucko/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

The group Pro-Test, which says it is "standing up for science", says "without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn't exist".

The Medical Research Council says that the use of animals in medical research has made an "important contribution" to advances in medicine and has helped improve the health of both humans and animals.

"In accordance with the law, research using animals is only undertaken when there is no alternative research technique and the expected benefits outweigh any adverse effects."

"Whilst it is acknowledged that animal models are not a perfect model for humans, the use of animals in biomedical research remains essential. Alternative techniques cannot always reproduce the complexity of a living creature."

It says research using animals is essential in developing treatments for conditions like strokes, AIDS, and cancer.

Nottingham animal rights march: calls for 'immediate abandonment' of experiments on animals

Demonstrators will mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories today in Nottingham by calling for the end of experiments on animals. The organiser says:

Abolishing the Victorian method of research dating back 200 years of using animals will not only benefit animals, amend a 65-year-old law that is out of date with modern scientific understanding, it will also free up £50 billion a year towards finding cures for humans, everyone wins.

– Alex Irving, "No to Animal Experiments"

700 animal rights demonstrators expected in Nottingham

File picture of beagles Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Animal lovers will march through Nottingham city centre today to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories.

600-700 campaigners are expected to attend to raise awareness of what they call the "outdated science of animal experiments".

They want the government to stop experiments on animals.

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Derby Cathedral Peregrine Falcon to be a mum again

Peregrine Falcon with her egg Credit: Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

In the early hours of this morning, Derby Cathedral's Peregrine Falcon laid her first egg of 2014.

Peregrine Falcon eggs are a deep reddish-brown colour.

You can watch the proud mum-to-be live via web cam here.

The proud mum-to-be Credit: Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

Last year falcon fans had to wait until April 3rd for the first egg and this year she is one day later than 2008, when she laid on March 28th.

The earliest ever date was in 2009 when she laid on March 23rd.

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