Farmers take calves to Carla

13 August 1999

Farmers take calves to Carla

FOUR farmers took their protest about the state of the industry to the home of one of the countrys leading animal rights campaigners yesterday (Thursday).

The farmers unloaded 43 bull calves at the 19th-century manor house in West Sussex where Carla Lane, the television scriptwriter who has taken a high-profile role against cattle exports, lives.

The farmers, from Shepton Mallet, Somerset, said they were suffering because of high welfare costs and tough export legislation, combined with continued European resistance to British beef cattle after the BSE crisis.

One of them, Chris Barber, said that their aim was not to protest against Miss Lanes opposition to live animal exports, but to urge the government to promote British beef.

The bulls were aged between seven and 10 days. Under the legislation they cannot be exported until their mother has been alive for six months after their birth.

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