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Traditional sheep race held for 30 years scrapped after threats from animal rights group

The race at Hoo Farm has been running for 30 years. Credit: SWNS

A traditional sheep race has been scrapped after farmers received threats from furious animal rights campaigners.

Vegans and activists targeted the farm and branded the event "evil" and "inhumane".

The sheep jump over a series of fences to reach food left at the end of the racecourse, and organisers say they are not coerced in any way.

Hoo Farm in Telford, Shropshire, has been running the sheep race for nearly 30 years.

The farmers say they have been threatened with physical violence after a petition to ban the race got more than 50,000 signatures.