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Dogs can be lethal weapons, according to animal charity PDSA, and it's not just talking about fighting dogs such as Rottweilers. The charity told that even loveable pooches such as border collies can turn into potential killing machines if they don't wear seatbelts in cars. In its latest campaign encouraging pet owners to strap in their dogs when travelling, the charity claims a border collie weighing 50 pounds could hit other passengers with the same force as a polar bear if they were involved in a car accident at 30 mph. Thank goodness there aren't many cars in the Arctic.

From canines to Catholics, and The Guardian this week published outraged responses to the Vatican's recent entreaty to Catholics to stop donating to human rights group Amnesty International. Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said earlier this month that Amnesty had betrayed its mission to defend human rights when it decided to start advocating abortion rights for women who have been victims of rape or incest. Jo Richardson from Rochester, Kent, retorted: "I may not be president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, but I would urge fellow citizens to stop donating to the Catholic Church."

It's all love and second chances on the environment secretary's very important blog While the rest of the Labour Party is consumed with Gordon Brown's appointment as leader, he has occupied himself creating an avatar on virtual reality website Second Life. David fashioned his alter ego with the help of campaign group, which has set up its own carbon-free island on the website. "I should visit more often," David writes, affably.


'No one knows who the minister for the third sector is - it sounds like he is from another planet'

Stephanie Flanders, economics editor, Newsnight.

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