‘Lunatics in every society’ says Jeremy Clarkson of vegan criticism toward farming

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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has said there are “lunatics in every society” when he addressed whether he was worried about vegan backlash over his farming practices. The former Top Gear star explained he is “not going round” with a machine gun shooting at the domestic animals on his Diddly Squat farm, as he insisted they were killed humanely.

Speaking on whether he was “worried” over backlash on meat production at his farm from vegans, Jeremy said at the press conference for his series Clarkson’s Farm: “There are lunatics in every society, I’m not particularly worried. No.

“I’m not going round on a machine gun, you understand, they go to an abattoir where they are killed humanely and then they end up on people’s plates and they have a lovely roast lamb for supper.”

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Jeremy has spoken openly about the trials and tribulations of sheep farming, after taking on his own herd at his Cotswolds estate.

The Grand Tour star insists the public should have “more respect” for farmers such as Amanda Owen, 46, who stars in Our Yorkshire Farm, which is filmed on Upper Swaledale, near Keld, Yorkshire.

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Opening up on his thoughts towards Amanda and her husband Clive Owen, 66, who run and live on Ravenseat farm with their nine children, Jeremy said: “We should have more respect for them than we do.

“It’s really hard work sheep farming and there up in Keld, Ravenseat, in the Yorkshire Dales and it’s really hard work.

“I only have 78 [sheep] and I’m in the Cotswolds which is not hard to get about, but the sheep want to die.”

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Jeremy shared how the sheep often find themselves in tricky situations on the farm.

Jeremy has had a tough run of it since purchasing his Chipping Norton farm, as he has encountered a number of obstacles including bad weather and the ramifications of Brexit.

The born-again farmer has spoken on the difficulty of agricultural life and the challenges of filming his experience of bringing the Diddly Squat Farm Shop to life.

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The presenter has admitted that farming has proved an unexpected challenge.

He shared: ”I’ve had the farm since 2008, but I haven’t really been involved with it at all.

“A man in the village ran it, and then he retired, and I don’t know what it was, but I just thought, ‘I can do that’.

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“I genuinely thought you put seeds in the ground, weather happens and then food grows. 

“So I thought, ‘That’s not difficult’, but it’s phenomenally difficult and the heartache is extraordinary, plus it’s phenomenally badly paid. 

“So I thought, if I get someone to film me doing it, that will offset some of the losses,” he added to the BBC.

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