February 02, 2009 03:15 PM

These stories are worth a click:

* Swedish scientist documents how purebred dogs that are bred just for good looks end up with dull minds and boring personalities. – LA Times

* New York City may ban horse drawn carriages because animal advocates say they work too hard in bad conditions. – ZooToo

* High end pet market feels the crunch. – Miami Herald

* Animal rights groups are about to go to court in a long-running battle over whether Ringling Brothers Circus beats and chains their elephants. – New York Times

* British hospital tells workers to carry umbrellas, wear helmets and travel in pairs, lest they be attacked by squirrels. – Daily Mail

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