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Victory as ‘Lamb National’ organisers ewe-turn on decision to cancel event after online abuse

Rural campaigners have welcomed a decision by organisers of a rural carnival to go ahead with a planned lamb race, after initially cancelling the popular show fearing backlash from animal rights activists.

The "Lamb National" will once again form part of the Barton Carnival - which takes place in Lincolnshire - in June, the organising committee has now confirmed.

Its chairman, Ben Troop, said the decision to cancel had been "rash", adding the committee had "satisfied concerns".

Previously, controversial animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), argued the lambs "do not consent" to racing.

Mr Troop said:

"We've been in touch with the relevant authorities and satisfied all of our concerns about it going ahead. The committee is unanimous that cancelling was rash and we feel comfortable moving forward regardless of any abuse that comes through."

The Countryside Alliance hit back at the online abuse targeted at the event and its organisers.

In a public statement, the group argued animal rights activists: “have little to no understanding of animal welfare”.

The lambs' owner said the breed, Herdwicks, have a natural ability to jump and their welfare is paramount.

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said:

“This is a victory for common sense and the countryside. There’s no doubt that online abuse from animal rights activists can be extremely unpleasant, but we must never bow down to bullying, harassment, or intimidation. We wish this fun and friendly event every good wish and would encourage anyone facing online threats to notify the police.”

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