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Darragh McCullough: Why we should learn from the New Zealand experience and call a halt to live beef exports

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Darragh McCullough pictured on his farm in Stamullen, Co. Meath. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

Darragh McCullough pictured on his farm in Stamullen, Co. Meath. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

Darragh McCullough pictured on his farm in Stamullen, Co. Meath. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

What are we going to do if live exports are banned? It is an unlikely outcome from the current horse-trading between the Greens and Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael but it may not be as far-fetched as many Irish farmers would like to think.

There is always a steady trickle of stories about animals dying en route to ports in North Africa, with The Guardian newspaper leading the way.

Most of this reporting is sponsored by animal rights philanthropists, but that does not mean that the stories don't influence public opinion.