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

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy Shock figures reveal 3,400 animals put down for 'non-medical reasons'Whistleblower claims she shot healthy dogs 'because there was no room' Statistics show 10,000 fewer animals were rehomed in 2011But charity's prosecutions of rogue pet owners leap 20 per centCountryside Alliance says charity should lose right to call itself Royal | UPDATED: 22:08 GMT, 29 December 2012 The RSPCA destroys nearly half the animals it ‘rescues’ each year, with thousands being put down for non-medical reasons, shocking figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal. The animal-welfare charity destroyed 53,000 animals last year – 44 per cent of those it took in – leading critics to claim that the organisation spends too much time on prosecuting cases of neglect and cruelty and not enough on finding new homes for animals

Shocking catalogue of neglect at hospital where patient STARVED to death and pensioner was left unwashed for 11 weeks

Shocking catalogue of neglect at hospital where patient STARVED to death and pensioner was left unwashed for 11 weeksHuman rights lawyers described mistreatment as 'appalling' failures of careWorcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust bosses will apologise to families Successful legal action by 38 families has led to total payouts of 410,000Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is 'disgusted and appalled' by the accountsPatients left thirsty while another had ribs broken as staff tried to lift himTrust accepts care was below standard but has not admitted legal liability | UPDATED: 17:19 GMT, 23 December 2012 An NHS hospital trust will apologise to families of patients who suffered a shocking catalogue of neglect – including a pensioner who starved to death and another who was left unwashed for 11 weeks.

Natalie McMillan cleared of killing four-month-old son who died after a TV fell on his head

Mother cleared of killing four-month-old son who died after television set weighing five stone fell on his headNatalie McMillan was trying to watch a DVD when the TV fell on her four-month-old KianHe later died in hospital but she has been cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence McMilland and ex-partner Edward Hanratty now face sentencing for neglect PUBLISHED: 20:18 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 20:20 GMT, 20 December 2012 Accident Natalie McMillan who has been cleared of killing her four-month-old son who died from 'catastrophic injuries' when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head A woman was today cleared of killing her four-month-old son who died from 'catastrophic injuries' when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head. Kian McMillan was lying below on his changing mat and died a day later in hospital after the incident at his home in Burnley, Lancashire, on December 6 last year.

Too "snooty" for basic tasks: MP Ann Clwyd launches scathing attack on nurses that let husband die "like a battery hen"

Too 'snooty' for basic tasks: MP Ann Clwyd launches scathing attack on nurses that let husband die 'like a battery hen' Ann Clwyd said nurses' 'arrogance and indifference left me bewildered' Claimed that too many 'snooty-nosed penpushers' were becoming nursesSaid Mr Roberts had no clothes on and was 'extremely cold' when he died | UPDATED: 19:32 GMT, 9 December 2012 Happier times: Ann Clwyd, MP, with her husband Owen Roberts who died six weeks ago An MP who broke down over the neglect of her husband in hospital has accused nurses of being too ‘snooty’ to carry out basic tasks. Ann Clwyd wept in the Commons last week as she revealed how Owen Roberts had been allowed to die ‘like a battery hen.’ Miss Clwyd, a Labour MP for 28 years, has since claimed that too many ‘snooty-nosed penpushers’ were becoming nurses In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr, she said: ‘When I sat at my husband’s bedside, I did wonder just why some of the so-called nurses bothered to put on their uniforms. ‘The arrogance and indifference of some left me bewildered.

Millie Martin case: Moment paedophile rushed into hospital carrying 15-month-old girl he had fatally abused

Kiss of life from the monster who killed her: Moment paedophile rushed into hospital carrying the dying 15-month-old girl he had fatally abused Barry McCarney was jailed for life at Dungannon Crown Court today for the murder of Millie MartinThe toddler suffered a catalogue of injuries including 21 broken ribs and the head injury that killed herHer mother, McCarney's then girlfriend Rachael Martin, was cleared of allowing her daughter's death through willful neglect | UPDATED: 22:04 GMT, 4 December 2012 Cradled in his arms, Barry McCarney is caught on CCTV desperately trying to bring his girlfriend's dying daughter back to life. But the haunting footage, captured in Erne Hospital, in Northern Ireland, disguises the horrific reality of what has just happened

Police arrest six children aged 10 and 11 every day in England and Wales

Police arrest six children aged 10 and 11 every day in England and Wales | UPDATED: 09:37 GMT, 3 December 2012 More than 2,000 primary school-age children were arrested last year, an average of six per day, a charity has said.