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Princess Anne wrong: eating horsemeat is 'cannibalism'

The owner of a horse sanctuary in Staffordshire has hit back at a suggestion from Princess Anne that eating horsemeat would improve the welfare of the animals.

Billy Wilson likened it to "cannibalism" as he said horses are the "closest animals to mankind".

Yesterday Princess Anne wondered if the UK should be considering creating a market for horsemeat to stop the animals being abandoned in increasing numbers.

Today one butcher claimed the British attitude towards eating horses is unique among our European neighbours.

And as Damon Green reports, as the debate continues, there will be more horses needing to find a home.

Princess Anne: 'We should consider eating horsemeat'

Princess Anne has suggested that people in Britain should consider eating horsemeat because it would improve the welfare of the animals.

Princess Anne during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

She said that "Our attitudes to the horsemeat trade may have to change," because those in the trade "value their horses and look after them well".

The Princess asked whether we "should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare case?"

"I think this needs a debate."

The Princess Royal, who is President of the charity World Horse Welfare, was speaking at its annual meeting when she made the comments, The Telegraph reported.

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Students claim assault ahead of royal visit

Two university students have claimed they were "assaulted" by staff and detained for nearly six hours by police ahead of a visit by the Princess Royal.

Hona-Luisa Cohen-Fuentes and Euan Kidston claimed they were studying in the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday when they were "roughly seized" by staff and told: "We have someone really important coming here, we can't have the likes of you roaming around."

The incident occurred in Old College, Edinburgh University. Credit: PA

The students allege they were then prevented from leaving by staff who said they "could be any random scum off the street".

University chiefs say the students "could not provide a satisfactory explanation" for their presence in a restricted area, which was being prepared for Anne's visit.

Princess Anne carried out a series of engagements on Tuesday as chancellor of the university. Credit: PA

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "During a security check at an Edinburgh University venue two people were found within a restricted area and were subsequently detained. They were later released without charge."

Wrong weather for Antarctic exploration

Actors dressed in the furs that Scott and his team would have worn Credit: Plymouth University/PA Wire

Members of the re-enactment group Antarctic Adventurers may well have been wishing that Princess Anne had chosen a different day to visit.

As temperatures soared across the UK, the Princess Royal joined descendants of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team for a ceremony marking the centenary of their doomed expedition to the Antarctic, at the National Scott Memorial in Plymouth.

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