Campaign threat looms Animal welfare campaigners who gathered at Dover Docks on Saturday to protest against live sheep exports are regarded in the trade as posing no real threat to shipments even if further action follows. The producer-financed Farmers' Ferry which now dominates the business is said to be flexible enough in its operating methods to elude the activists. This might seem bad news for retailers who see the increasing live export trade as driving up UK lamb prices. On the other hand, similar campaigns against calf exports in 1994 were highly successful, and the pressure group Compassion in World Farming which is organising this protest strategy is respected in the idustry as a sophisticated outfit. {{MEAT }}