IF there's one thing guaranteed to get up the nose of most livestock farmers, it is bleeding heart animal rights campaigners claiming that they do not give a fig about welfare. And this is especially so when that most contentious of topics, live exports, is brought up.

The problem is that the campaign against the international transport of arm animals has tapped a vein of the British psyche. In a nation that cares about beast and bird, the hearts of its citizens do stir when they hear tales about sheep being confined on a hot and ...

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