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November 15, 2018

Cruelty claims intensify against UK wool industry

Animal rights group PETA has submitted over seven hours of footage from 49 farms to Trading Standards and the Scottish SPCA as part of its investigation into what it claims is uncovered alleged abuse of sheep on UK farms.

By Beth Wright

Animal rights group PETA has submitted over seven hours of footage from 49 farms to Trading Standards and the Scottish SPCA as part of its investigation into what it claims is uncovered alleged abuse of sheep on UK farms.

Today (15 November), PETA Asia has made public for the first time 18 minutes of new footage of workers in the UK punching sheep in the face, slamming their heads into the floor, violently beating and kicking them, and throwing them off shearing trailers.

PETA claims the videos show “even more horrifying” out-of-sight abuse of sheep and lambs shorn for their wool on farms in England and Scotland.

PETA Asia has submitted over seven hours of footage from the 49 farms visited to Trading Standards and the Scottish SPCA and filed detailed complaints of workers punching, beating, kicking, and stamping on sheep, which are currently being investigated. The group has also asked Lord Gardiner of Kimble and Mairi Gougeon, Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, to require that CCTV cameras be installed in sheep sheds in England and Scotland.

“This new footage makes it clear that the cruelty we’ve captured on video is far from an anomaly, as the industry would like everyone to believe, and shows how shearing operations treat animals – something every shopper has a right to know,” says PETA Asia senior vice president Jason Baker. “When animals are viewed as commodities and their fear and pain are ignored, we must raise our voices and use our consumer clout to stop the abuse.” 

PETA Asia – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – has released nine exposés of 96 sheep shearing sheds on four continents that have all revealed that sheep are systematically beaten, kicked, punched, and mutilated in the wool industry. 

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