On 3 November the News Letter reported that "sheep belonging to a Protestant farmer in Tyrone have been painted in the colours of the Irish tricolour as part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation", giving rise to a considerable amount of sheep-relating joking in the media, blogs, and everywhere else.
But across the unionist spectrum politicians lined up to condemn the prank.
Willie Frazer, from the Protestant victims group FAIR, condemned the prank, and said that it was "a clear warning to the isolated Protestant farmer".
UUP MLA Billy Armstrong condemned the attack for raising tensions in "an area where Protestants and Roman Catholics live side by side". "This was a sectarian attack and Halloween prank," he said.
Today, though, UTV reports that a human being has had his car destroyed in a suspected sectarian attack. But that human being was a Catholic (or was perceived to be one) – so it will be interesting to see if his case receives as much attention from the likes of Frazer and the UUP as the 'protestant' sheep did.
It would represent a new low for unionism if Catholic victims are placed lower than sheep in their hierarchy of victims.