Sheep have rights too
Don't sheep have to be sheared though? I thought it was necessary for them in order to grow a new coat for next year.
Animal welfare activists complained some sheep were being nicked by the electric clippers used by competitors, who come from as far as New Zealand and Australia to take part in the Kent County Show.
One activist, who did not wish to be named, said: “Sheep have rights too. I thought it was cruel so complained. A lot of people agreed with me.”
But farmer Tony Mowbray said: “This is just complete madness. Shearers are trained professionals. Of course sheep get the odd nick but it’s ridiculous to stop that from being shown to the public to protect their sensibilities.
“Are we now supposed to not shear flocks and let their coats grow out of control?”
The Kent County Agricultural Society said the contest was scrapped after a handful of complaints about how the animals were treated. A spokesman said animal welfare was “a major concern” but denied it was the main reason for ending the contest.