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Eagle eye on environment

Sir - The farmer-led opposition to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to the Irish countryside exposes the farming lobby to the claim that they are anti-conservation.

Farmers would like to portray themselves as guardians of the countryside, but the new-found concern for sheep welfare by Kerry sheep farmers masks the fact that animal welfare standards are less than ideal on many Irish farms.

John Tierney,
Association of Hunt Saboteurs

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