Horsemeat scandal: Selling horses for food would help end this cruelty," says Abigail Butcher

'I'm going to say the unthinkable: Selling horses for food would help end this cruelty,' says ex-editor of Horse and HoundsAbigail Butcher believes horsemeat trade could end welfare issuesLast year more than 700 horses reported as abandonedHorses can be bought for 5 at auction and sold as meat By Abigail Butcher PUBLISHED: 01:16 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 17 February 2013 We might be appalled at having unknowingly eaten horse, but as a horse lover, I believe we need a horsemeat trade in Britain. If used properly, it could solve some of our desperate horse welfare problems. I worked as head of news for Horse & Hound, the UK’s equestrian bible, for six years

Canvey Junior School in Essex criticised for dumping traditional nativity in favour of a cops and robbers themed play

Away in a manger, two crooks stole the bed: How one school decided to change the story of ChristmasEssex school criticised by parents for dumping traditional nativity playCanvey Junior School is staging a 'cops and robbers' themed playOne parent has withdrawn their child and parents have said the play is inappropriate following a number of armed robberies in the town | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 1 December 2012 A primary school has been criticised after they ditched the traditional Christmas nativity, opting to stage a 'cops and robbers' themed play. Parents have been left fuming by the school's decision to choose the modernised play, in which their children sing Away in a Manger with a completely different set of lyrics. The play, which will be performed by 11-year-olds at Canvey Junior School in Essex, gets rid of traditional characters Mary and Joseph, instead focusing on the tale of two violent robbers.