Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

The Art of Racing in the Rain review Kevin Costner as a lovable pup

Costner voices the inner monologue of a golden retriever in this three-hankie weeper with Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried There comes a time in any critics life when you have to suppress whatever footling objections you have had, and salute the Kevin Costneraissance. You have to bow down to the pure demonic inspiration of creating a sentimental live-action family film about a lovable golden retriever, whose grouchy inner monologue is voiced by none other than Kevin Costner. You have to put your hands up and say: I get it. The dog looks adorable, intelligent and sad-eyed, and just as owners look like their pets, so dogs in weepie movies based on runaway New York Times bestselling books start to look …

Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my work. I blurted out that I wasnt American, that I was born in Canada, almost like a confession. I felt I had to tell them. They just looked at me quizzically, laughed and started speaking in German. I have no …

Italian forest rangers on the hunt of ‘escape genius’ bear

Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an escape genius after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods. Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena. An order for its capture was issued by the president of Trentino, Maurizio Fugatti, more than a month ago after deeming the animal to be a risk to humans after it was seen close to …

Doris Day, celebrated actor and singer, dies aged 97

The star of a string of successful film musicals was also known for her work as an animal welfare activist Doris Day, the actor, singer and animal welfare activist, has died at the age of 97. tweeting that Day will has taken a piece of the sun with her and Tony Bennett tweeted Elaine Paige. Rest in Peace the great & inimitable Doris Day. The last star of the Hollywood Golden Age. Well bid you farewell by the Light of The Silvery Moon, but you will always be Young at Heart to us forever. On Instagram, Sarah Jessica Parker shared a tribute, tweeted that she was the Worlds Sweetheart and beloved by all. So sad to hear of Doris Day …