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No-one can con­done the ac­tions of the driver ill-treat­ing bobby calves that Far­mWatch re­leased last week.

But the method in which the footage was ob­tained should not be con­doned ei­ther.

Sneak­ing onto pri­vate land to hide cam­eras in sheds isn’t very clever.

It’s ma­li­cious at worst and il­le­gal at best.

The po­lice have to fol­low the law to carry out sur­veil­lance on a prop­erty, so why is no-one jump­ing up and down about this self-ap­pointed farm­ing in­dus­try watch­dog sneak­ing around?

Ru­ral bur­glar­ies are on the rise, so if they’re hang­ing around farm build­ings at night they’re lucky they haven’t been dealt to by a sus­pi­cious in­som­niac farmer.

Per­haps if MPI was funded suf­fi­ciently its in­spec­tors could keep more of an eye on the in­dus­try and catch the odd dodgy driver in the act, in­stead of it all be­ing done in a cloak and dag­ger man­ner.

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