Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

Dog Lost UK claims South-East England is a 'Bermuda Triangle' for dogs, the BBC News website reported. The charity said more than 500 mutts had been stolen during the past 12 months in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The latest case concerned a five-month-old Jack Russell puppy called Max, swiped from inside a parked car in Dymchurch, Kent, last month.

Magpies are to suffer an even worse fate, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The paper reported that Sporting Shooter magazine had offered £500 to the person who kills the most magpies in the next five months. It blamed magpies for the decline of the songbird population, but the RSPB condemned the competition as "wholly inappropriate".

The Observer reported differing reactions from charities to the case of two British women with motor neurone disease who have gone to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. The Voluntary Euthanasia Society claimed the Government "should have a lot on its conscience" and called for a change in the law. But the Motor Neurone Disease Association was more guarded.

"Only when the best palliative and terminal care is available to everyone will those considering ending their lives early genuinely have a choice," it said.

The Sunday Times said a new Bill banning religious discrimination will not include similar protection for homosexuals. Ministers have backed down for fear of offending Muslim voters, the paper claimed.

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